Alexa Shrugged writes an excellent post about the over-reaction by Salon writer, Mary Elizabeth Williams to Natalie Portman’s speech at the Oscars when she thanked “my beautiful love, Benjamin Millepied, who choreographed the film and has now given me the most important role of my life – motherhood..”
Mary Elizabeth Williams, found Portman’s words “jarring.” She got the creepy-crawlies at the thought of motherhood. She doesn’t like it when people:
refer to motherhood as the most important thing a woman can possibly do … is motherhood really a greater role than being secretary of state or a justice on the Supreme Court? Is reproduction automatically the greatest thing Natalie Portman will do with her life?
In closing, the author writes:
Motherhood is important. So is work. And you don’t have to backhandedly downplay one to be proud of the other.
How does saying her most important role is that of a mother “backhandedly downplay” her role in Black Swan? She’s not insulting her own work, but stating the simple fact that there are more important things in life.
The visceral reaction from people like the Slate writer, upon watching Natalie Portman talk about “the most important role of [her] life,” makes complete sense when you consider that it goes against everything strident feminists believe. Any good thoughts about motherhood or the mere presence of a visibly pregnant woman gives them the heebie jeebies because, to them, motherhood is a choice and their first instinct is that a baby is a parasite to be removed.
We can’t be too complementary of motherhood lest we offend the women who chose to kill their babies. We can’t call it the most important role because that is insensitive to women who don’t have or want children. We can’t celebrate the unique role of the mother because that would mean acknowledging the differences between men and women and that these differences can be good. We can’t talk about motherhood and careers at the same time because that means that we value one over the other and both are equally good and valid – especially having a career.
Read the whole thing.
It is so typical of leftists. They are all for choices, as long as you choose what they want you to choose. But just try to keep and raise a handicapped child, and listen to the howls of condemnation. Give up a career to raise your children and expect sneering contempt. Their hypocrisy is nauseating.