Mum and blogger Megan Ireland stumbled across an image of her heavily pregnant in the last place she expected
Long gone are the days when mums-to-be would hide their burgeoning pregnancy bump under baggy clothing.
Ever since Demi Moore posed naked, proud and pregnant for THAT infamous Vanity Fair shoot, in 1991, bump pictures across Facebook and Instagram have become increasingly the norm.
And why not?
But what should be a joyful display of excitement and how amazing the body can be, has, recently, been used in a PORNOGRAPHIC context and disturbing trend.
Preggophilia is the fetishisation of women who are expecting a baby. Just ask mum-to-be and blogger Meg Ireland.
“That time my bump went viral in a not-so-good way.”
The notion of something like pregnancy fuelling an erotic fixation is, let’s face it, an unsettling one.
“That time my bump went viral in a not so good way.
“This bump pic along with around 15 other pictures of mine ended up on an online ‘preggophilia’ site. Which is a porn site for people who like pregnant women.
“I see so many people upload their bump pics and now I just gasp and hope to god they don’t get into the hands of someone they shouldn’t.
“We shouldn’t have to worry about people stealing our photos, but unfortunately it happens ALL THE TIME!”
When looking through the site, Megan saw a lot of stuff she did not like – including husbands allowing other users access to pictures of their wives and even women uploading images of their pregnant colleagues.
Who’s to blame?
Describing as feeling “sick to her stomach”, Megan also asked “was I to blame for this?”
But she remains resolute that the fault is with the people who take the images.
“I didn’t care that someone had screen shot my photo to show someone, it’s was what they did with my photo that made me physically sick to my stomach.
“WHY should we have to sit and worry about this when uploading a photo on our social media sites?”