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Strangers rubbed my tummy for luck as though I were a Buddha when I was pregnant. I didnít like it, but I didnít react.
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That's one of the main reasons I created the thread. Most pregnant women will not react even though their boundaries are being violated and they feel deeply uncomfortable. Society is still not sending the message that women have bodily autonomy. Some women don't know what to do so they tend to freeze or don an uncomfortable smile. I have seen this happen more times than I could count. The whole situation is unnecessary and easily prevented. People need to stop touching pregnant women's bumps unless invited by the woman. Same goes for children's bodily autonomy. We need to simply apply the same rules for respecting bodily autonomy to women and children as we already do for men.
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I agree, SilverTrees. I personally think it's bizarre and I would NOT have taken to it kindly if someone had felt entitled to paw me. Fortunately they did not. I would have been horrified and they would have gotten a swift and decidedly negative reaction.

It is *not* touching the baby. It is touching the woman. If the woman in question feels differently about that, or is ok with it, she can always invite contact. Period.
Good points InnerZone. So based on what you have said, I have another question. Is part of the problem that some people do not perceive a pregnant woman as a person in her own right? She has supposedly become a combined unit with the fetus and they are interested in the fetus therefore they touch her? Though even if that were the perception, it makes me think of adults who think it's okay to touch someone else's child...to pat their head or tickle them etc....still a big boundary issue.
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That's one of the main reasons I created the thread. Most pregnant women will not react even though their boundaries are being violated and they feel deeply uncomfortable. Society is still not sending the message that women have bodily autonomy. Some women don't know what to do so they tend to freeze or don an uncomfortable smile. I have seen this happen more times than I could count. The whole situation is unnecessary and easily prevented. People need to stop touching pregnant women's bumps unless invited by the woman. Same goes for children's bodily autonomy. We need to simply apply the same rules for respecting bodily autonomy to women and children as we already do for men.
Yes, I must have wore an awkward smile. People just think itís cute to touch your belly, thatís why they do it. Most people donít do it. Itís just a little pat on the belly over my clothes. No big deal to me.
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