U.S. comedian Sarah Silverman has divided some fans after expressing why she chooses not to be a mother.
The controversy started as all controversies start these days: over a tweet. The 46-year-old entertainer explained how she picks a life on the road over settling down to have children:
She responded to her (presumably) male detractors, saying that “this is just a little f**k all y’all because you can’t be a woman without sacrifice and that’s a fact jack.” In another tweet, Silverman supported her initial statement by explaining how men don’t have to pick between work and home. “Men don’t have to do that. I’d so love to be a fun dad, coming home from the road and being my best fun dad self,” she wrote.
While many agreed with the comic’s stance…
…some users on Twitter accused Silverman of “mother shaming” by implying that women who choose motherhood don’t choose their “fullest life.”
This isn’t the first time Silverman has shut down the notion of having kids. In 2012 she insisted she did not want children because “I know that I have this depression and that it’s in my family. Every family has their stuff but, for me, I just don’t feel strong enough to see that in a child.”
But despite her strong views, turning down motherhood has never been an easy decision for Silverman. “It’s a sadness for me because I love kids. I ache for kids. But I love my life more. You can’t have it all; you really can’t,” she told Marc Maron on his “WTF” podcast in 2016.
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