Media Needs To Ask Male Celebrities About Having Kids Too!

by Ann on June 1, 2011

Last week, before Danica Patrick raced in the Indinapolis 500, the 29-year-old female racer was asked by a reporter about her intention to start a family. In the article entitled, “Children Not In Danica’s Future,” Danica, who started Kart racing when she was 10-years-old and has been married to Paul Hspenthal for six years, is quoted as saying

“I think it is something which is probably not for me at this point and realistically, I don’t know when that point would ever be,” Patrick told Yahoo! Sports. “My focus is on racing and of course I have a lot of outside interests which take up my time.”

In another interview with USA Today she said, “I am not someone who has a strong yearning for kids at all. I see all my friends with kids. I will get up at 10 a.m. and text them and they’ll say ‘Ha, funny. One of my sons was in my room at 5.30 in the morning so I can’t say I slept until 10.’ That’s just their life.”

I applaud Danica for knowing herself and being honest about her thoughts about having children. What puzzles me is why the media doesn’t regularly ask male athletes and celebrities the same questions concerning their reproductive choices? There are a few male celebrities I recall being asked about their plans: Brad Pitt, who said he wanted kids and George Clooney, who said he didn’t. There are probably others out there. But it seems that women celebrities who are pursuing goals and dreams are fair game for inquiries into their reproductive futures, as if being completely enthralled with their career isn’t enough for them.

I would love to see the media start off every interview with celebrity men by asking them if and when they want kids – here’s some we can start with:

Simon Crowell, 51, the curmudgeonly producer and founder of American Idol and X-Factor who got engaged about a year ago. Is anyone brave enough to ask about his reproductive future and deal with his response?

Or how about actor Ryan Reynolds, 34; actor Bradely Cooper, 36; singer Justin Timberlake, 30; New York Yankee Derek Jeter, 36; Leonardo di Caprio, 36? Those ambitious and successful middle-aged men that aren’t ask to contemplate their reproductive choices before a premier or game. I can just imagine what it would be like to be at the final game at the World Series and a reporter ask, “Jeter, do have any plans on having children? Do you want to be a father?”

Or 41-year-old rapper Jay-Z? He and the 29-year-old Beyonce have been married for about 3 years now. Could it be that reporters are a bit intimidated to ask a guy the same question? Especially a guy who shot his older crack-addicted brother and allegedly stabbed a record executive?

Maybe it’s because we know men can have kids at any age, and so we aren’t that interested. Afterall, Cary Grant had his first and only child when he was 62. Is it because we are curious about how successful and talented women are planning on living their lives? By knowing if she will have children, does it make her more relateable to women? Whatever the reasoning, I still would like male celebrities and athletes to be asked about having children as they pursue their career aspirations. That way, instead of making women who choose to pursue ambitions other than having children seem different, the media will be helping the world remember that the decision to have children is one that concerns men as well.

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cindy June 1, 2011 at 3:22 PM

Hey Ann, very good question….. I wondered the same thing when I read the article about Danica. Would anyone have the nerve to ask a guy that question? And who’s business is it anyway about her reproductive future? Fun blog, love reading your stuff! Cindy


Stacerella August 6, 2011 at 5:59 PM

I’m always floored at women being asked about kids by total strangers, and public events like a car race. Danika was there to work, so what relevance to that is knowing if she plans to have kids? Weird way to take her out of her game face mindset! Horrible. I’d love for some of the more ballsy women reporters to go into a NFL locker room right after a game and ask sweaty, naked athletes what they’re plans are for making babies beyond making them by mistake during one night stands, three ways or rape. I would die! Can you imagine what’s a man would say?

How about something like, “Woman, get out of my face with that question! Get away from me. This interview is over. Security!!”


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