In breaking news, we report that Younger actor Hilary Duff, who is expecting her second child with boyfriend Matthew Koma, has had a night out on the town. But that’s not the main part of the story – or even the real story.
The newsworthy aspect is that she after she happily posted about it on her Instagram, she wasn’t shamed for it. The comments on the post were mostly supportive.
It was a curious response, considering how much the internet loves to shame mothers for being real people who happen to have children, and tell them they are not allowed to have a good time. They’ve done it to everyone from Kylie Jenner to Chrissy Teigen, and it’s as unnecessary and ridiculous as it is regular.
This most recent shame-free comments section leads us to ask the all-important question:
Does Hillary Duff’s clubbing photo indicate mum shaming is slowly coming to an end?
The 30-year-old actor captioned the photo:
“I don’t know why I felt like Katherine Heigl in knocked up trying to get in the cluuub last night going to see post lol but it was sooooo good and I got a date with my boo @lowenban who also likes to leave before the valet line gets insane lol.”
Duff was clearly there for a good time, not a long time – and still made no apologies for it. And for once, nobody expected her to. In the comments, Duff was commended for her glowing appearance – not criticised for her ‘inappropriate presence’ in a club.
“You are GLOWING @hilaryduff or it’s just your on point makeup as always. Looking beautiful Queen!”, one person wrote.
“You age like fine wine better with every year,” said another.
There was no backlash to a woman-who-happens-to-have-an-offspring simply enjoying herself without said offspring. There was little, if any, comment on a pregnant mum being out at night, when usually a troll might have observed that she should have stuck to a 6pm curfew.
Duff wasn’t mum-shamed in any the post, and it was a glorious thing to behold: a mother allowed to just be a woman.
Let’s hope we see a lot more of it.