Kourtney Kardashian has been heavily criticized online for being too old to conceive
Last week, Kourtney Kardashian announced her pregnancy in a very charming and original way: at a Blink 182 concert, where her husband Travis Barker performed on drums.
Kourtney Kardashian announced her pregnancy so charmingly – and she was criticized so sharply for it
As the band played their hit “All The Small Things,” the reality TV star held up a sign on which the reveling crowd could clearly see the words “Travis, I’m pregnant.” Fun fact: In the 1999 music video for the song, a fan does the same.
However, the good news was quickly overshadowed by public reactions. One could read in the tabloid press that the action at the concert was simply “attractive” and staged far too artificially. One can ask what kind of pregnancy announcement would not be staged?
Comments on Kourtney Kardashian’s pregnancy announcement hailed on Instagram and Twitter: She was too old
Under the Instagram post that Kourtney Kardashian shared with her followers afterwards, one can guess where the rejection of her pregnancy announcement actually comes from. Spoiler: It’s about ageism – discrimination based on a person’s age, which often particularly affects middle-aged women.
Under the Instagram post there is talk of “old eggs” that she used for her pregnancy; it says “She’s too old to reproduce” and the most popular argument is “It’s no good for having healthy babies.” Someone on Twitter took it even further, commenting: “Any pregnancy after 25 is a risk.”
Behind the comments is no concern for the health of the child – but a patriarchal world view
Above all, what hides behind concerns about health is the feeling that many people seem to have that it is okay to judge a woman and her body. Because while it is of course a medical fact that certain development risks for an embryo can increase at a certain age, medicine is also evolving. And the woman’s age is no longer as decisive as it used to be when it comes to the health of the child. Early detection technologies are getting better, therapy options too, and with artificial insemination (with access to the best and most expensive gynecologists on the west coast) like Kourtney Kardashian, a lot is different anyway.
So where does the confidence come from that some would immediately label a woman Kourtney’s age as reckless for having a child in her 40s? Ultimately, it’s about the (very patriarchal and outdated) notion that many have internalized that women are past their “best years” by the time they’re 25. This idea belongs to a time when there was one big plan that women should follow: be married before 30, not have a career, take care of the household at home and see raising children as a life task.
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This idea is linked to images that have long been maintained by pop culture, films and magazines: a woman is past her peak in her mid-20s, both visually and in terms of health. Whether you are only ready to be a mother later or only then have the right partner at your side with whom you want to bring up children seems to be irrelevant to the supporters of this patriarchal logic.
The fact that the verdict on Kourtney Kardashian ultimately has nothing to do with health care becomes clear when you consider that teenage pregnancies or even pregnancies in the early 20s are repeatedly stigmatized in an irrelevant to aggressive way. This is despite the fact that women are technically most fertile and “childbearing” between their late teens and late 20s.
In closing, perhaps we’ll leave it with the words of a rare social media reaction gem that pretty much says it all: “Kourtney Kardashian is 44, newly married and pregnant again… stop trying to convince women that there is no hope for them after 30!”
We have little to add to that. Ultimately, you never know why someone will have a child when/how/where – and also not how long the desire to have children may remain unfulfilled. If it works then, ideally, instead of criticism, there should be nothing but support and encouragement. It doesn’t matter what age!
This article was created with text passages from our GLAMOR colleagues from the UK.