Do you think the word ‘childless’ is offensive? Kim Cattrall does.
The actress, 59, got very honest about having no children on Radio 4’s Women’s Hour yesterday – and made a pretty thought-provoking point.
She said: ‘It’s the “less” that is offensive – childless – it sounds like you’re “less” because you haven’t had a child.’
On the show, Kim admitted that she never directly chose to not start a family. Instead, her relationships just didn’t reach that stage.
‘I think for many women from my generation it wasn’t actually a conscious choice,’ she continued.
‘It was a feeling of: “Well, I’m on this road, and things are going really well, and I’m very happy, and I’ll do it next year, I’ll do it in two years, I’ll do it in five years.”
‘And then suddenly you’re in your early 40s and you’re thinking: “Mmm, maybe now?”
‘And you go to your doctor and she says to you: “Well yes, we can do this, but you start to become a bit of a science experiment here, because we have to find out how you can stay pregnant.”
‘I just thought: “I don’t know if I want it that much.” I just believe, and have always believed since my 40s, that there are many different ways to be a mum.’
Continuing with this theme, the Sex And The City star spoke about how she considers herself a ‘parent’ to many.
She added: ‘I have young actors and actresses that I mentor, I have nieces and nephews that I am very close to, so I think the thing that I find questionable about being childless or childfree is – are you really?
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‘There is a way to become a mother in this day and age that doesn’t include your name on the child’s birth certificate. You can express that maternal side very clearly, very strongly.’
Kim also said that while she ‘didn’t change nappies,’ she helped her niece though medical school and gave her nephew advice when he was ‘having a really tough time’ joining the Army.
Do you agree with Kim’s views? We’d love to hear your thoughts below.