Yesterday, Gisele Bundchen raised the ire of mothers everywhere when she made her infamous comment about worldwide laws and breastfeeding.
This is not the first time Bundchen, 30, supermodel, super-hot, and married to Tom Brady, has landed in hot water for comments. But yesterday, the discourse sunk to a new low with many calling for her head.
The comment in question?
"Some people here [in the U.S.] think they don't have to breastfeed, and I think 'Are you going to give chemical food to your child when they are so little?' I think there should be a worldwide law, in my opinion, that mothers should breastfeed their babies for six months."
She is not the first celebrity to land in hot water after making comments others found repulsive and reeking of privilege.
Gwyneth Paltrow, Oscar-winning actress, willowy, blond vision of perfection, recently said that "every" woman has time to lose the weight, which also made people furious.
Jillian Michaels said she would adopt over giving birth because she did not want to ruin her perfect figure.
Even Gisele herself has been in this position before after she first said she thinks of Tom's son as her own (a whole other story), her birth was painless, and that pregnant women treat their bodies like garbage disposals and that's why they gain so much weight.
These comments don't bother me because I'm very comfortable with my choices.
Yes, it's true, I think that all of these comments could have been phrased better, but I also think there is some truth to all of them. "Every woman" CAN lose the baby weight, but other factors may impede. Birth is not "painful" for everyone -- I had two natural labors I wouldn't describe as "painful" (more like intense). And I did treat my body like a garbage disposal during pregnancy and I paid the price, gaining 50 pounds each time, which I then had to work very hard to lose.
It seems what people take issue with is the privilege. That these celebrities are sitting on their wealthy perches, judging us mere mortals who slog it out in the real world.
And obviously Gisele's comment ignored the fact that many people cannot breastfeed for a number of reasons. I think her comment was probably lost in translation and what she was trying to say (hopefully) is that breast is best and if laws were better for maternity leave and even for childcare, then perhaps more women would breastfeed longer. And of course, there are people who adopt or who have physical problems breastfeeding, too, but then the question becomes: How sensitive do we have to be? Do articles that show study after study proving that "breast is best" also offend? Or is there a certain point at which one has to just accept reality and move on?
Celebrity gaffes bring these issues -- breastfeeding, natural labor, stepparent relations -- to the forefront and I, for one, think that is a good thing.
If you're pregnant with your first, let me be the first to tell you, you will hear a lot of opinions. You probably already do. People will stop you in the park and say you're doing this wrong or that wrong and that your baby needs this or that.
We women have to learn to rise above. We have to do what is right for us and ignore the riff-raff. Would I have preferred to hear Gisele talk about better maternity leaves and opportunities for women who have to go back to work and be able to breastfeed? Sure. But the conversation went there anyway.
I don't expect someone famous for the size of her rack to tell me what to do with mine and I am secure enough in myself and my own choices that what Gisele or Jillian or Gwyneth says about pregnancy or weight loss has no impact.
Do you get offended when celebrities spout off about pregnancy/childbirth/motherhood?
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