Let me begin this post by quoting the fabulous and wise Elizabeth Gilbert: CAN WE LIGHTEN UP A LITTLE?
This month in US Cosmopolitan, actress Kate Hudson made what was clearly a joke about her own experience having a caesarean section.
When Cosmo asked Hudson to name the laziest thing she’d ever done, Hudson said: “Having a c-section!”
And then BANG – the internet’s head fell off.
— Mrs ™ (@SuchACoolChick) September 4, 2017
The online response on Hudson’s Instagram was immediate. And angry. There was a lot of caps lock and HOW VERY DARE YOU and blah blah something something outrage.
Here’s the thing. Kate Hudson made a joke. She’s allowed to make a joke about having a c-section. I’ve had four c-sections and I’m not offended by Kate Hudson. That’s the thing with being a grown-up – you can choose not to be offended. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that many women who’ve had c-sections still feel so (stupidly) ashamed/guilty about the fact they didn’t have a vaginal delivery that they too often joke about “choosing the easy way out” by having their baby “taken out of the sun-roof”. We use humour sometimes to mask our embarrassment (not that there is ANYTHING TO BE EMBARRASSED ABOUT. I’ve had four, remember?).
The point is – WHO CARES? Kate Hudson was being funny.
For what it’s worth, I once wrote a post busting lots of the myths that surround caesarean sections.
As for Kate Hudson, I have nothing to say to her other than … hurry up and make another movie soon. I am and continue to be a big fan.
As Bec Sparrow previously wrote for Mamamia:
It was a headline too good to ignore. A lure, I couldn’t go past.