Though it’s probably too much to ask of the public to remember that celebrities don’t owe us size zero figures, but rather their talent, it would be great if more media outlets started to adopt that mentality. At the very least, they could stop calling particular attention to women five months postpartum and scrutinizing them like they’ve entered some contest where we all get a vote on what size they should be. Such is the case for Fantasia Barrino, who faced a firestorm of criticism about her weight while she performed on American Idol earlier this week—just five months after giving birth to her son. Writer Stacia L. Brown breaks down why celebrities—and women in general—are being held to ridiculous standards when it comes to losing baby weight, exclusively on Clutch.
And other Fresh Links that caught our attention this week:
1. MyBrownBaby.com Makes The Root’s “Black Bloggers to Know in 2012″ List (TheRoot)
2. Baby Gender Trouble: Eyebrows Raise When One Mom Says She Doesn’t Believe In Gender (The Nation)
3. Brutal Hazing Ritual of Florida A&M Band Is Described in Documents (New York Times)
4. Sure, More Men Are Doing Pink-Collar Work, but Race Still Matters (Colorlines)
5. Man with 30 Kids from 11 Moms Wants Child Support Relief (Atlanta Black Star)
6. Custody Battle Between Usher and Tameka Heats Up, Tameka Speaks Out (Atlanta Black Star)
7. Shall We Imagine That Trayvon Was White? (Spare The Kids)
8. Amen! (D’Angelo’s Back) (GQ)
Have a fantastic weekend, sweeties—don’t eat too many ribs on Memorial Day!