Kate's bump: we get the media we deserve

As Twitter fills with disgust over a woman being "fat" less than 24 hours after giving birth, OK magazine reassures readers that Kate Middleton will not disgust them with her "bump" for long.

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So it turns out that lots of people don't understand how pregnant women work. And other people are just sad, mean, randy or misogynistic . . .

(image via @everydaysexism)

Oh well, you might say. That's just people on Twitter. They're always calling people fat or unshaggable.

So let's see the other half of the conversation . . . here's OK magazine pressuring the Duchess of Cambridge into losing her "baby weight" before she's even stopped having to sit on a bag of frozen peas.

(I think maybe the worst thing about this cover is that they clearly printed it before she'd even had the child.)

Still, a welcome burst of sanity came from TV presenter Katy Hill, who tweeted:

OK magazine.

Helen Lewis is a former deputy editor of the New Statesman, who is now a staff writer on the Atlantic. Her history of feminism, Difficult Women, will be published in February 2020.