The evidence, such as it is, is all circumstantial. Ms. Palin certainly did not "look pregnant" when she announced her pregnancy at 7 months, but the pictures that are being provided as "evidence" that she was never pregnant are ambiguous at best- in most of them her belly is in deep shadow, or covered by bulky black clothing. What makes me most skeptical, and even a little bit angry, are the pictures of her teenaged daughter, Bristol, that are being presented as "evidence" of Bristol's supposed pregnancy.
In the pictures presented at dailykos, Bristol has a potbelly. The author of the article, "ArcXIX" says that:
Bristol is pregnant in these pictures. She is not carrying belly fat, which grows outwardly wide, and does not become dome-shaped. That's because fat is generally evenly distributed around the abdomen and a fetus is not. Bristol's chest is sticking out, a normal body reaction when sucking in stomach muscles.
Here's my response: ArcXIX is an idiot. It is perfectly normal for teenaged girls (and women of all ages) to have pot bellies. In fact, most women do not have perfectly flat stomachs at any time in their lives; models in magazines are airbrushed. Playboy, for example, routinely airbrushes their photos to give all women in the magazine the appearance of a flat stomach.
The idea that belly fat never forms a "dome shape" is easily dismissed by taking a look at millions of women all over this country. Not every woman with a little pot belly is pregnant, and many many women, of all ages, have pot bellies. So do men, for that matter. Are they pregnant? Different people carry fat differently, based on a host of variables. My old friend Heather, for example, had a flat stomach even when she was at her heaviest, whereas I have never had a flat stomach, not even when I was under 120.
And of course Bristol is sucking in her stomach muscles- she's a teenaged girl having her picture taken.
Another point of evidence against Bristol's pregnancy is that one picture is presented as being from late 2007, while the other is presented as being from March 2008. Bristol is exactly the same size in both photos. Her belly has not grown at all. The same standard must be applied to daughter as to mother: if it's unrealistic to think that Sarah Palin wouldn't have grown huge by the end of her pregnancy, why is it reasonable to allege that Bristol would have maintained her same figure throughout an alleged pregnancy? And that she would continue to wear tight clothing throughout? I thought she was supposed to be hiding her pregnancy.
ArcXIX should not only check out some basic biology (and maybe look at some women's bodies in their natural states, rather than in porn) but he also needs to further examine statistics about pregnancy and Down syndrome before alleging that Down syndrome is more common in teenaged mothers than in mothers over 40.
Here's why this makes me angry: ArcXIX is criticizing the body of a teenaged girl. He's holding her up to an unrealistic and unfair standard of "beauty", and declaring that if she doesn't meet that standard, she must be pregnant. Teenaged girls have a hard enough time today, without shit like this. I, personally, remember what it was like to be a teenaged girl. I felt very self-conscious about my body and its every "flaw". I thought there was something wrong with me, because I didn't look like women I saw in magazines or films. ArcXIX, and all the people using pictures of Bristol to support this theory, are subjecting her to unrealistic and unfair standards, and that is a very very mean thing to do to a teenaged girl. Isn't this girl already under enough pressure?
This reminds me of when Bill Clinton was running for the first time, and Republican media made comments about how "ugly" Chelsea Clinton was (I think she was 12 at the time.) Leaving aside the fact that she was a pretty damn cute kid, not ugly at all, what kind of asshole stoops to that level? What kind of adult needs to call a teenager fat or ugly in order to feel morally superior? And make no mistake, moral superiority is what ArcXIX's articles smack of. This behavior was shitty when the Republicans did it to Chelsea, and it's shitty when ArcXIX and his ilk do it to Bristol.
Other participants at dailykos should nip this shit in the bud.