Serena Williams has faced some criticism for comments made during an interview with an Australian magazine.
On childbirth, she said: “I have so much respect for so many women [for giving birth], I am about to be a real woman now, you know? It’s going to be something incredibly impressive to go through.”
Later, during the same interview, Serena said: “I definitely am a feminist and I stick up for women and women’s rights”.
The criticism is centred around Serena’s use of the word “real woman” to describe her thoughts on childbirth.
Her sentiments angered some of her Twitter followers and fans who say that is wrong to claim that giving birth is what makes someone a real woman.
The attacks against Serena are misguided, as she was speaking only for herself and was not making a proclamation on behalf of all women. She should not be made to feel guilty for expressing her own thoughts and opinions during what is an exciting time as she prepares for her first child.
I don’t agree that giving birth is what makes a woman a “real woman”. The late Lydia Prince, who was wife to the late Christian preacher Derek Prince, had no children of her own and moved from her native Denmark to Israel, opened a children’s home and adopted eight girls. Some women cannot have children, others choose not to have children outside wedlock, and there are various other reasons why some women remain childless.
One of my favourite books is called Kingdom Woman by Dr Tony Evans, a Christian preacher based in Texas, and his daughter, Chrystal Evans Hurst. In the book, they stress the fact that “you don’t have to seek anyone else’s approval for the life God has given you.”
It is sad that some women would be so offended by Serena giving her own thoughts on her own situation.
I don’t concur with Serena’s sentiments, but she was speaking only for herself, and the notion that there should be a groupthink among all women, or that Serena cannot speak freely or must have her speech heavily policed to ensure that it aligns neatly with leftist feminist talking points, is absurd.