A Birthday! And a Giveaway!

In honor of SOAM’s upcoming fourth birthday, I am hosting a DVD giveaway! I happen to have a couple copies of 50 Nude Women which the producer, Margot, is refusing to let me pay for because she is clearly completely awesome.


I first became aware of this short film through one of SOAM’s readers several years ago, although at this point I can’t remember who it was now (feel free to speak up!) and as soon as I looked into it, I knew I had to own it. It is, simply, footage of 50 very different women, all nude. Tall and short, thin and round, young and old, from different cultures, of different colors, various body marks from head to toe – it is, in a word, women. Despite it’s length of only 12 minutes, the film makes me both laugh and cry. It shows the beauty in the diversity of women, and, actually, in humankind in general. We are beautiful in all our many forms. (I swear I’m not paid to say this!)

I believe Margot has made one of the most beautiful and important films ever, and I hope every woman (and man! and teenager!) finds a way to watch this movie and share it with their friends. And that is why this DVD is what I want to share with you as we embark on a fifth year of changing the world.

But I’m going to make you work for it. How do you enter? It’s simple – just go to Harriet Brown’s website and take her Pledge to Love Your Body. Come back here and leave a comment saying you’ve done that and you are entered to win one of two copies of the DVD that I’ll give away. Winners will be chosen randomly and I will announce the winners on Monday, July 5th, and we’ll have cake (gluten-free for me, virtual for you*) and sing and maybe even dance a little.

So go forth, spread the word on your blog or on Facebook or Twitter, and stay tuned for the festivities!

*I’d share, but cake just doesn’t taste as good once it’s shoved through the internet.

Technical Problems

My stinkin’ router died. Or something. Feel free to curse it from afar. It deserves it. Until I can take it out in a field and go all Office Space all over it, posts here will be dependant on if and when I can find free wireless in a child friendly space. I can do some work on my phone and desktop computer so I will still around here and at Facebook.

Stupid technology.

UPDATE: All fixed. We got a new router. One that WORKS! It’s like magic!

Moms in Orange County, California!

I have been corresponding with a reporter from the OC Register – she’d like to get in contact with some moms in the area so, if you are willing, can you please contact her? Her info is below:

My name is Courtney Perkes and I’m a reporter at the Orange County Register. I’m interested in writing a story about this Web site, and am hoping to find moms from Orange County who read it and/or have contributed photos to it. If privacy is a concern, I can use first names only. If you would be willing to be interviewed, please contact me at 714-796-3686 or cperkes@ocregister.com. Thanks!

Giving Thanks

Here in the US we are gearing up for our biggest harvest feast. While traditional images of pilgrims and cornucopias permeate decorations everywhere I go, I would like to take this a bit deeper this year and encourage myself – and you – to look at the so-called flaws in my body and consider them in a new light. Why am I thankful for my stretchmarks? Well, the obvious answer is that they grew while my children grew inside of me. I could also say that I am thankful for being a part of this sisterhood of marked mamas – I am not alone, you all lift me up daily, I am blessed for that. This is not to say I have nothing in common with mamas who don’t have stretchmarks, or who bounced back perfectly. I think women in general have a problem with body image. So, I am asking you to write for me why you are thankful for your body – the flawed bits in particular. If you adore every inch of your body, I want to hear from you as well!

Send me what you’ve written, be it a list, an essay, or a short sentence. I will compile these and share them during the week of Thanksgiving. Even if you are not from the US, you can join us in thankfulness – after all, this should be our goal every day of our lives.

E-mail this to me at bonnie@theshapeofamother.com and title your e-mail “Thankfulness” and include the name you’d like to be credited with! Spread the word to the women you know, I think it would be fantastic to show the world an overflowing of these messages. Goodness knows we need to see positivity in this area!