Today in Racism: Victims of Hurricane Florence

The same event, different players: Hurricane Florence is barreling through the Carolinas. A car drives past a barricade, floodwaters take over the vehicle and not everyone can get out time. Later, the bodies are recovered. If you are the sheriff tasked with determining the criminality/negligence of the situation, it would appear to depend on one thing: whether or not you are a police officer. Two separate incidents occured, one involving a young black mother and another, involving two police officers transporting mental health patients. The earlier stories both indicate a poor choice was made to go around a barricade, but only the one pertaining to the young mother inquired as to whether or not charges might be filed despite the fact that the exact same mistake was made. A few weeks later, two different outcomes: the mother is charged with involuntary manslaughter;¬†and the police officers? Are given pink slips and a convenient excuse. Apparently, they were waved through by National Guardsmen because they were in a law enforcement vehicle. No mention is made as to why they would be waved through in an area under watch for flood or who the individuals were that waved them through and whether or not they would be held accountable. Also, why didn’t the earlier story mention that the National Guard were in the area at the time? Things that make you go, ‘hmm,’ and ‘mmph.’

Is the Post-Baby Body a Big Deal?

I’ve had two babies; gained 30 pounds with the first and was back to my pre-pregnancy weight within 8 weeks. My second pregnancy, I gained 40 pounds and lost all but ten. I remember wondering, as I started seriously putting on the pounds in the third trimester of both pregnancies, if I would lose the weight. After years of seeing the front covers of tabloids with headlines touting how this celeb ‘got her body back’ within days, weeks, months, whatever, I was beginning to think that the baby weight would be like Atlas, carrying around a burden I could never lose.

But it was never like that. Even the second one where I didn’t lose all the weight, I still fit into my clothes. The average woman, with a healthy BMI, should gain 25-35 pounds during pregnancy. With the breakdown of the added pounds looking something like this:

Baby: 7-8 pounds
Placenta: 1-2 pounds
Amniotic fluid: 2-3 pounds
Uterus: 2 pounds
Increased blood supply: 3-5 pounds
Fluid, fat, breast tissue: 10 pounds

So after delivery, in terms of losing the weight, you’re already about half way there, and, if you choose to, the benefits of breastfeeding make the rest of the way less of a drag. So why all the fuss when someone famous does this relatively easy thing that women have been doing for eons? Why do we make it seem like baby weight is one of the easiest things to put on and the hardest to get rid of?