Leave Janet Jackson alone
THE UNDUE criticism levelled at Janet Jackson is revolting, to say the least.
Ageism and sexism reared their ugly heads on social media the minute the American singer/songwriter announced her pregnancy and the critics reignited their hostility and continue to spew bile even after the birth of Jackson’s healthy baby boy.
How dare she bring a child into the world at her age? How inconsiderate and selfish can one be to conceive at 50? So said the self-righteous critics, who also had a lot to say about her egg production, and whether she’ll live long enough to see the child grow up or have the energy to attend to his needs. How ludicrous. As a woman, does she not have the right to decide when to procreate and whether to have children? Why police her womb? Mother and child are healthy, so above that, what should be of concern is whether Jackson will be good enough a mother to mould her child into a well-balanced human being who will grow up to be an upstanding member of society.
But instead, the focus is on the shock, horror and disgusting news of a woman who has decided to have a child at the age of 50.
Men have children all the time at advanced ages, so what is stopping an older woman from doing the same?