Fans of Chip and Joanna Gaines — stars of the reality TV home improvement show “Fixer Upper” — were over the moon at the news that the Christian couple was having a fifth child. One feminist activist, though, was enraged and wrote a warning to the world about treating this pregnancy announcement as a joyous occasion.
The Gaines made the announcement recently on Instagram in a funny photo where the couple pretended that Chip was the one who was pregnant.
Since then, they’ve kept their fans up-to-date with ultrasound images. But young Toronto-based writer Kristen Pyszczyk — who may need to buy a vowel — trashed their choice to get pregnant in an opinion piece she wrote for the CBC News entitled: “It shouldn't be taboo to criticize parents for having too many kids.”
Responding to the social media backlash directed at the Gaines and their new bun in the oven, Pyszczyk said she was happy to see so many critics and believes that it’s a good sign of progress in our Western society.
“So while many people might find the backlash unwarranted, it's actually a conversation we need to have in order to challenge our uncritical acceptance of the life-fulfillment-through-procreation story,” the feminist wrote.
She cited overpopulation and its offspring — climate change, starvation, and societal instability — as the reason for needing to shame people who are having babies.
Ironically, she added that “as a feminist, I tend to oppose any cultural conversation that involves telling a woman what to do with her body. But women have long been told that they need to have kids to have a meaningful life.”
“Shame is a powerful tool for changing behaviour: it's how we introduce new and existing social conventions,” Pyszczyk continued. “It's unfortunate that Chip and Joanna bore the brunt of changing attitudes, but let's learn from the reaction and examine our own actions.”
Again she told another woman — Joanna — what to do with her body when she added, “It's not OK to have five kids without once considering adoption.”
And then she doubled down, writing, “Procreation is becoming a global public health concern, rather than a personal decision. So when people do irresponsible things like having five children, we absolutely need to be calling them out.”
There’s been no word yet if Pyszczyk has been asked to hand in her “feminist” card. In case you’re wondering, she does not appear to be a mom according to her Medium profile but simply refers to herself as a “cat mother.”
What do you think of this? In other news, the Kardashians are welcoming their new baby. The social media reactions have been ecstatic.