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Don’t believe the hype about pregnant celebrities

By Nina Steele 

If you are still struggling to come to terms with not being able to have children, you may seriously consider staying away from tabloid newspapers, which by the look of it, seem to worship at the altar of pregnant celebrities. I noticed that they often refer to every pregnant celebrity as ‘pregnant so and so’, as if to reduce the person’s whole identity to their pregnant status. Never mind whatever else they have achieved until then.

They are of course pandering to our baser instincts. As always, they assume that motherhood is a subject that every human being has a keen interest in. Never mind the latest statistics that show that 1 in 6 women born in 1970 have no children (why don’t we ever have statistics for the number of men who don’t have children? A discussion for another day I guess).

If you are still struggling with the pain of childlessness, seeing all these pregnant young and not so young celebrities being constantly paraded online and on paper, may make you feel inadequate. That’s because often, we are not told the whole story of how the pregnancy came about. Some of these celebrities have been quietly trying for years. Rarely are those struggles made public, and of course I understand why they choose to keep it to themselves. After all, it’s none of our business.

With this in mind and as I have said it before, take every celebrity pregnancy you hear about with a pinch of salt because you don’t know the full story. Don’t buy into the hype. The tabloids are not only pandering to our baser instincts, they are also pandering to advertisers. It is not like being pregnant suddenly makes you into a special human being.

As I write this, hundreds of thousands of babies are being born to mothers across the globe. UNICEF estimates that globally, 350,000 babies are born each day. Many of those are born into extreme poverty, and as a result, many will end up being abandoned down the line. Being pregnant may have become the new black as far as the western media is concerned, but in many parts of the developing world, it is anything but.

With the world population currently standing at over 7 billion and counting, ideally, the message across the media would be to encourage people to have less children or none at all. But of course as we all know, that’s not going to happen.

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