Leave Janet Jack­son alone

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS -

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?

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