Canadian actress Kim Cattrall is facing a furious online backlash from angry mothers following an interview she conducted with BBC Radio 4’sWoman’s Hour a few days back.
The Sex and the City star explained that while she wasn’t a biological parent, she felt that she was still a parent, as she has nieces, nephews and fellow actors that she has mentored over the years.
“I didn’t change nappies, which is okay with me, but I did help my niece get through medical school. I did sit down with my nephew when he was [going through] a very tough time to join the army. And those are very motherly things to do, very nurturing things to do.”
“There is a way to become a mother in this day and age which doesn’t include your name on the child’s birth certificate.”
Biological mothers around the globe fired back at Kim online, screaming that she didn’t “get it” because she’s never had a kid, that she hadn’t put the sweat and tears into child-rearing that a real parent does, and that parenthood – especially motherhood – is a full-time job.
Is there anything wrong with considering yourself a parent without having to endure all the fun that a biological deals with on a daily basis?
One online commentator tweeted Cattrall that it’s “like saying u can relate to cancer cause u [sic] no someone with it.” Is that an appropriate comparison?
Read about the whole conundrum HERE in Zosia Bielski’s Globe and Mail piece.