CNN personality Piers Morgan conducted an interview with Beyoncé Knowles in support of her latest album release. During this interview, Piers Morgan mentions Beyoncé’s 30th birthday, which comes later this year. Beyoncé quickly interrupts with, “Are you trying to say I need to have a baby?”
I thought she already did? Or at least she’s been pregnant before? Or I think pregnant 7 times in the last 3 years?
For as long as I am . . . Sasha Fierce is old, Beyoncé has been pregnant six times over. There seems to be an obsession with wanting to turn women into mothers. Yet, Nadya Suleman aka Octomom is condemned for becoming one 14 times over.
We also condemn mothers on WIC or welfare when they’ve had one too many babies and can no longer support the family on their own.
Beyoncé, according to Forbes magazine, is one of the most powerful women in the world, but she is still not powerful enough to escape the notion that she must give birth and she must do so now.
This is problematic. There a couple of messages being sent here. Number one, you are not a complete and whole woman if you do not bear children. Number two, you must have children, but only as many as society tells you your socio-economic status can maintain. Lastly, you are only worth marrying if you can reproduce.
On Saturday night, I attended a book release celebration, which glorified the last of these problematic ideologies. The celebration is for a book that I am a part of, The Left Side Poets Present Strange Fruit.
We are a collective of poets, writers, and lyricists from Hampton University. Over the span of two years through tweets, phone calls, and emails, we produced a book about “the battle between youthful curiosity and adult angst,” that is receiving great reviews from our peers (CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE BOOK).