Iconic athlete Serena Williams was under fire on social media for saying that once she gives birth to her newborn child, she’ll consider herself a “real woman.”
“I have so much respect for so many women [for giving birth],” Williams told Stellar magazine in a recent interview. “I am about to be a real woman now, you know? It’s going to be something incredibly impressive to go through.” The 23-time Grand Slam Champion and her fiancé, Alexis Ohanian, will reportedly welcome their bundle of joy in September.
The backlash comes from Williams’ belief that giving birth defines being a real woman. Many women choose not to give birth or are unable to have children.
“So, in your view, I’m not a real woman because I CHOSE not to have children? #ChooseYourWordsCarefully,” wrote one Twitter user, while another commented “Didn’t know I had to have a baby to be a ‘real woman’..thanks for letting me know @serenawilliams.”
Williams has not responded to the backlash. What do you think?
Really unfortunate statement from her. All women are real, not just the ones who give birth.
— michael epps (@michael_epps) August 8, 2017
Didn’t know I had to have a baby to be a “real woman”..thanks for letting me know @serenawilliams
— Kimberly Joyce (@KimSavinoJoyce) August 8, 2017
— RoseFire (@native_amaris) August 8, 2017