Barefoot and Pregnant

We've all heard the expression "barefoot and pregnant." But what does it really mean? Is it a cocktail, a quilt, or an antiquated notion? Where did it originate? Here, Cupcake investigates the many layers of this funny phrase...

One theory, proposed by is that being barefoot and pregnant isn't really about being pregnant at all; it's about living a luxurious lifestyle. The dictionary says, "The phrase's use in marketing and popular culture suggests that it is not universally regarded in a negative way. This may be because some people associate being barefoot with comfort and relaxation. For instance, Barefoot and Pregnant is a popular spa for pregnant women in Mill Valley, California." Hmm, maybe you could stop by there on your way back from our very own Santa Rosa baby boutique, Cupcake...

Another theory is that the term is more medical than mysogynistic. According to Pregnancy and Your Feet, "Two of the most common foot problems experienced by pregnant woman are over-pronation and edema," or swelling. Whether it's swollen feet or tummies so big they can't reach to tie their shoes, many pregnant women agree that barefoot is the way to be!

On the other hand, there are still some that believe "Barefoot and Pregnant," is the ultimate insult. The Philadelphia chapter of the National Organization for Women annually awards a Barefoot and Pregnant Award "to persons in the community who have done the most to perpetuate outmoded images of women and who have refused to recognize that women are, in fact, human beings." Shinine Antony wrote a collection of short stories entitled "Barefoot and Pregnant" and later said in a 2002 interview, "Barefoot And Pregnant is a phrase that pokes fun at chauvinists who want their women barefoot (so that they are unable to socialise) and pregnant (helpless)."

In Colleen Faulkner's novel Barefoot and Pregnant, however, the phrase takes on a racier connotation. Note the teaser, which reads: "Although sweet, sassy and seductive, Elise was too ambitious to be Zane's ideal wife, or was she? And what would it take to get Elise to say yes to a lifetime of domestic bliss?" Steamy!

Last but not least, "Barefoot and Pregnant" is indeed the name of Jean Ray Laury's award- winning quilt, featured in The 20th Century's 100 Best American Quilts. It's also a cocktail made with brandy, cherry liqueur, crème de menthe, and vermouth. Last but not least, it's the name of at least five documented porno movies focusing on sex during pregnancy. You heard it here first, folks. Suffice to say, purchasing our trendy new "Barefoot &" maternity tank top will make you both a fashion statement and an instant conversation starter in one. And next time someone asks you what being "Barefoot and Pregnant" really means, you'll have plenty of sassy comebacks! Some information taken from:

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