Natalie Portman & Motherhood: This Feminist Has Her Back

Tue, March 1, 2011


Natalie Portman has been getting flack for her Academy Awards acceptance speech for her role in “Black Swan.”

Not because of anything she said about the uber-psych-thriller role that won her the award or because of any Oscar night faux pas like forgetting to acknowledge her fellow Best Actress nominees. She’s coming under fire for a speech that acknowledged her nascent motherhood as “the most important role” of her life, referring to her ever-growing pregnancy, which I must say was beautifully draped in a luscious plum-colored Rodarte gown that I wouldn’t mind owning.

Some women are shaking their heads over the reference to her soon-to-be-born baby by saying, “Really?” Of all the things you’ve done in your life — receiving the Best Actress award at the Oscars, earning a degree from Harvard, and building an impressive filmography — you’re really going to say that getting knocked up and pushing out a baby is the highlight of your life?

But I say feminists like me ought to have Portman’s back on this one.  Think I’m crazy?  That’s what I’m writing about today over at Politics Daily.

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7 Responses to “Natalie Portman & Motherhood: This Feminist Has Her Back”

  1. Rachael Says:

    I was up working until 2:30 this morning, so I have nothing more lucid to say than, Brava! And thank you.

  2. Corey Feldman Says:

    I don’t see why any group should get to tell another person what is or should be the most important thing in his/her life. Maybe as a man my voice is irrelevant here, but my children are my world and I would never begrudge any parent for feeling the same. No matter what I have and hope to accomplish in life, I children will always be the most important thing to me in the world. The sentiment doesn’t even seem logical. Most people I know wouldn’t die for a – Harvard degree or impressive filmography, but would for their children.

  3. Ashley Boyd Says:

    Totally nutso! I thought it was a sweet way of acknowledging that her great accomplishment of winning an Oscar is coming at the cusp of a major change in her life. Hell, parenthood is not a 6-month filming gig – it’s an ongoing, life-changing job that will shape your child’s life — and by extension many others. For many years, PARENTS are a child’s entire world and that responsibility is awesome. I’m sorry if her embracing her parenthood makes people uncomfortable but suggesting that she should feel sorry for embracing the profundity of this new role (parenthood), is misguided.

  4. Lylah @WriteEditRepeat Says:

    She didn’t say it’s the highlight. She didn’t say it’s more thrilling or more lucrative or more impressive. She says it’s the most important to her. How can anyone can slap down a woman for defining what’s most important to her?

    Besides, motherhood isn’t something you accomplish, like winning an Oscar or earning a degree from Harvard. Even if you only have one child, it isn’t a one-time gig. It’s ongoing and constantly evolving, and someone else’s life depends on you for at least 18 years of it. What else in her life has been like that?

  5. Sheri Says:

    Totally agree with Pundit Mom and all who have commented so far. To me, this shows she has her priorities in the right place. Motherhood is the most important thing in my life, no matter all the accomplishments, at the end of the day its my children that are the most precious to me. For someone to acknowledge this before having her first baby, to me that is admirable.Seems to me, there’s more here about this issue than meets the eye. Perhaps just jealousy.

    Hafta ask tho, of those who are criticizing, how many of em are Republican, pro-lifers? Aren’t they supposta be jumping up and down for joy with her statement? Where are such comments? Humm.

  6. Emily Says:

    What is more important than raising a child? Nothing that I can think of (okay maybe President of the US) but that is about it.

  7. Lisa Stone Says:

    Terrific post Joanne.

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