Kourtney Kardashian, Kendra Wilkinson, Jenna Elfman, Heidi Klum. Everywhere you look it’s “bump watch!” from TMZ to news sites like CNN.com. I don’t have anything against celebrity moms in and of themselves. What I have a problem with is the fetishizing of mothers, particularly expectant mothers, in the media.
We all know that being pregnant is no easy ride, but you’d never guess that from reading Us Weekly. Celeb moms are polished, primped, and pretty, looking… well… like movie stars who just happen to have a beach ball tucked under their Marchesa dresses. And while celeb dads are covered in the media, they aren’t splashed across every magazine cover and baby blog in the universe. There are some male celebrities whom I have no idea even have kids. Meanwhile, I know how exactly how dilated Nicole Ritchie was when they brought her into the hospital. It’s like we all sort of own the celeb moms: every move is documented, from what they’re eating to who they’re wearing to where they’re shopping.
And if a woman isn’t currently pregnant, then the scandal sheets are eagerly pouncing on her every pooch. I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen Jennifer Aniston on the cover of OK! with a burrito in her belly being called pregnant. Poor Angelina is either “too skinny” or “with child.” And stories of wistful women stating that they can’t wait to have babies abound. Apparently, it’s not enough to be famous and talented; you also have to be a “yummy mummy:” fit, always happy, always wanting another babe. Otherwise, the celebrity must be defective…
Read the rest of the article about celebrity moms at Momversation.