Belly Bulletin

 We Are Golden

Autumn 2009  




In this issue...
Change! Belly Bulletin Becomes A Blog
We Are Golden

Winning Fiction
Honoring Your Belly DVD
Big Savings on the Belly Book
Across The Divides of Time
Reminder: New Email Address
Shopping For Celebration


We Are Golden
Lisa Sarasohn

There's been a big to-do regarding "the woman on page 194" in Glamour magazine's September issue.

The photo shows a woman who, dressed, would be wearing a size 12 or 14. But here she's nearly-naked, sitting on a bench and leaning forward, letting her belly roll over the top of her string bikini.

Walter Chin for Glamour

Thousands of readers have applauded this image of a plus-size woman — "a woman who looks like me" — in the trend-setting fashion magazine.

Some comments focus on one of the photo's features:

  • This beautiful woman has a real stomach.... This is how my belly looks.... This photo made me want to shout from the rooftops.

  • Because of my own belly, I always thought I was some deformed woman, but not now. Holy hell, I am normal!

  • My belly looks like this but I never thought I was really "ok" about it....

  • What draws us to this photo is the fact that she is glowing [with] inner peace and happiness — pouch belly and all!

  • I can't stop looking at this picture. Her body looks almost exactly like mine.... I love her belly SO MUCH. It is actually allowing me to feel better about myself, looking at this beautiful woman.

The photo on page 194, and the passionate response to it, have become international news, breaking into Newsweek, CNN, msnbc, and blogs around the world.

The woman on page 194, model Lizzi Miller, appeared along with Cindi Leive, Glamour's editor-in-chief, on the Today Show with Matt Lauer.

Lauer pointed out that the issue is about more than dress size: "It really is all about the tummy. Let's be honest. It is about the fact that there is a little tummy in a position we don't normally see tummies in magazines."

Leive responded: "But you see it all the time when you look in the mirror.... Women are seeing something that looks the way so many of us really do."

Glamour follows up on its readers' demand for fitting reflections in its November issue. And Leive promises her magazine will be "featuring a greater range of body types" in its pages.

I'm glad the fashion magazine intends to provide photos of models that enhance, rather than undermine, women's body image. Still, there's that pesky problem with "image" itself — the dissatisfaction inherent in basing self-esteem on the mirror's reflection, the visual critique.

The alternative?

Shifting from "how do I look?" to "how am I feeling?"

Rather than living on the periphery of our lives, living through the center of our bodies.

Drawing self-esteem from the awareness and experience of who we are in the core of our being.

National Public Radio recently featured Mika, a Lebanese-American singer and songwriter whose specialty is the bubblegum pop music harking back to the '60s and '70s.

Okay: his music might not be to your taste or mine. But the young man is wise. He said the words that, I hope, will become the trend-setting fashion for women, if not in our magazines, then in our lives:

We are golden.
We have a value that goes beyond
how we judge ourselves in the mirror.

Inspired to let Cindi Lieve and Glamour know how you value your body, your belly, and yourself beyond the mirror's reflection?

Write her here or at letters@glamour.com.

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Winning Fiction

"Poetry At Six"The belly goddess played a subtle but starring role in Poetry At Six — one of the top three selections in National Public Radio's recent Three-Minute Fiction contest.

The stories, 600 words max, had to start with this sentence: The nurse left work at five o'clock.

A nurse — limping Iambe — figures in the Greek legend of Demeter and her daughter Persephone. She's the one who tells rowdy jokes and dances a bawdy jig for Demeter, who's been immobilized by grief. That's the turning point: Iambe makes Demeter laugh, enabling the Great Goddess to take heart and resume the search for the daughter whom Hades has abducted.

What are the connections between "Iambe," the rhythm implicit in her limp, and "iamb," a measure of poetic meter? Poetry At Six begins to explore some possibilities...

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Across The Divides Of Time

Lisa & Zeb-un-Nissa

Honoring and energizing the body's center enables us to live in the present moment.

There's a curious feature of being present in "the eternal now": the divisions of time, distance, language, and culture can disappear.

I've been collaborating across those divides with a 17th century Muslim woman: Sufi poet Zeb-un-Nissa. Writing new versions of her poems, based on English translations published in 1913, draws me into the truth of human experience that is timeless.

Lisa & Zeb-un-Nissa is the blog I've created to post my versions of Zeb-un-Nissa's poems plus information about her life and times. I invite you to join in on the process!

Lisa & Zeb-un-Nissa

Shopping For Celebration

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