Elaine Lui, the Canadian “gossip-hound” says that women are leveraging their pregnancies to further their silver screen careers. So now we’re judging women for getting pregnant?
If you really want to go from being a C-lister to a B-lister, you may want to find a partner who you love and would like to enter into a lifelong contract with. You may also want to visit a sperm bank. You will carry a child for nine months, and then take care of said child for the rest. of. your. life. All because you want that celebrity boost.
There are plenty of celebrity moms who endorse weight loss products or write parenting books or who connect their motherhood to their celebrity, sure, but these sorts of deals should not enable the public to toss around seriously reductionist points of view regarding one’s decision to become a mother.
That isn’t to say there are plenty of celebrity parents, women and men alike, have acted foolishly and selfishly. But to preemptively strike against one’s motherhood by assigning motivation? Not okay.
I’m not sure writing a book about parenting is really exploitation; having a child, being a mother and celebrating that lifestyle shouldn’t be punished or criticized. Condemning celebrity mothers is just another way the media and society have control over what we do with our bodies; the assumptions are arrogant and unfounded. Even if pregnancy doles out some extra attention (and many celebrities breath attention), there is a still a woman, mother and individual whose reproductive actions are being looked at under the microscope, as though what she does with her body is anyone’s business. A woman can be a mother and a celebrity and working entity at the same time; we don’t need to commoditize her motherhood and reduce her other strengths and we don’t need to commodotize her celebrity so much that we critique her pregnancy.
Now, I know celebrities have the money to hire loads of people to essentially raise their children for them (at least that’s what people always say) but I’m going to go ahead and make a stand for most celebrity mothers. I think they do have a hand in raising their children, and that the media should probably back off on reassigning what motherhood means for the celebrity demographic. If a woman doesn’t have kids or a husband, there’s something wrong with her. Look at Jennifer Aniston. If a woman gains some baby weight, it’s on every tabloid cover. We’ve unapologetically made women into laboratory experiments and in turn, scrutinized their every move.
When are we going to learn to stop making pregnancy into a commodity? Women have babies. They also have jobs. They also think and eat and talk and sleep. Get over it.
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