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Yes, Here’s Another Article Shaming the ‘Bump Watch’ Press

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Le sigh.

Last month, author Chimamanda Ngozi-Adichie revealed that she had kept her recent pregnancy private. “I just feel like we live in an age when women are supposed to perform pregnancy,” she told the Financial  Times. “We don’t expect fathers to perform fatherhood.”

And what did that noble move and statement spawn?

Yet another blistering op-Ed about the bump watch press. 

Kim Kardashia

In a new piece in Qz, titled “Modern obsession with pregnancy is just another attempt to control women’s bodies“, writer Phoebe Bronstein criticizes the world’s fascination with celebrity pregnancies.

Bronstein pens:

As Renee Cramer writes in Pregnant With the Stars, her book about celebrity pregnancies, “The pregnant female body has gone from being an embarrassing reminder that women had sex and therefore private state of being to being considered public property for regulation and commercial property to be celebrated as sexy.” This obsession translates into a constant baby-bump watch. Now pop culture is dominated by absurd conversations about which celebrities do pregnancy best—Beyonce or Jessica Simpson? Christina Aguilera or Chrissy Teigan? Certainly not Kim Kardashian, whose pregnancy fashion received plenty of negative coverage.

At the root of these evaluations is an impulse to shame women who fail to perform pregnancy in a sufficiently glowing and feminine fashion. At the same time, such conversations frame pregnancy as a kind of style choice: the newest (or oldest) accessory.

Ok. Sure. Is it really that deep, Ms. Bronstein?

Aren’t you essentially shaming the press and blogs for writing on a topic you think shames women? It’s all shaming.

And isn’t the word “shame” (and  “[fill-in-the-blank] shaming”) being overused to the point they are becoming cliche and borderline meaningless?

Ok. I may be biased.

Read the entire piece here if you’d like.

Thandie Newton & 12 Years’ Chiwetel Ejiofor to star in “Half Of A Yellow Sun” (TRAILER)

She just gave birth to her third child and first son, and now Thandie Newton will be seen on screens in the UK starting April 11 when her new film Half of a Yellow Sun opens in the UK.
She stars opposite Academy Award nominee  Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) in the film adaptation of the 2006 Orange Prize for Fiction-winning novel by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
The film tracks the lives of four people against the backdrop of the 1967-1970 Nigerian-Biafran war. 
There is no US date announced yet, but hopefully they’ll stagger the US release so it doesn’t suffer the fate of The Butler which got forgotten by Academy Awards and was locked out of nominations.
I could imagine just as some African Americans say they are exhausted with seeing movies about slavery become blockbusters here, how about the fact the movies that get Oscar buzz about Africa and featuring Africans are usually about historical conflict and war, such as  Hotel Rwanda and Blood Diamond, or about South African apartheid like  Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Cry Freedom, Tsosti  and Sarafina?

Half Way is from the UK producers of The Constant Gardner (Gail Eden) and The Last King of Scotland  (Andrea Calderwood ) both whom did masterful jobs at capturing scandal and friction through complicated, complex yet deeply flawed characters and took home some Oscars in the process.
In any event, the previews look amazing! I hope it gets sufficient buzz and I cannot wait to see it when it hits US screens! I’m sure it would walk away with a few BAFTAs for sure!

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