"I might find some cute guys ass a "miracle" but I would not presume to touch it, just cuz I think it is cute!!"
I politely inform them that unwanted touching does constitute sexual harrassment. They quickly remove their hands and move on. It IS my body and not public domain.
I hated when people touched my belly!!! So here's a few things that I tried. Number one question..."when are you due?" Look at them with a shocked face and say "um...I'm not pregnant" and walk away quickly. Or when you see someone walking toward you to touch your belly stare off to the side. If they ask to touch your belly explain that you are losing your site and ask to touch their face...if they say yes be a little rough with their face to they want to get away from you. Lastly if they don't ask and they touch your belly tell then that the slightest amount of pressure on your stomach makes you extremely ill and tell them they may want to back away before you get sick. I was once with a friend who had a woman grab her belly and my friend began to chant a funny sound. When the woman asked what she was doing my friend told her she was helping her baby to absorb the womans soul. You should have seen how fast she walked away. Hope it helps or gave you a laugh.
When I was 8 months pregnant with my daughter, a man I didn't know came up to me in the grocery store and without even saying a word to me, put his hands on my bump! My husband's reaction was PRICELESS! Without saying a word, he reached out to the strange man and "cupped" the man's privates! The man jumped back and said "what do you think you are doing touching me?!?" My husband calmly said, "what do you think it's like for a pregnant woman to be touched by a stranger... anything like what just happened to you?" The man turned to me and apologized and walked away. I didn't know what to say to my husband after the incident, but I have never felt so protected in my whole life!
Say loudly and firmly "Don't touch me". The offender will find that no one will want to be around them, especially people with children.
- my belly, not yours
- you didn't put baby in there, so don't assume you have full rights to touch
- ask before touching (even family)
- permission to touch does not give full rights to touch anytime you want, just that time
- right now I'm not showing so don't even think about touching
My opinions might change but right now I feel gross and the idea of someone touching my fat freaks me out. We'll see once it's all baby out there.