Where’s Bjork? I want Thelma and Louise! I long for days when fashion snafus on the red carpet and stars on their exotic vacations filled the covers. Give me Barbra Streisand as a political commentator. Where are the gossip mags that offer the pure, unadulterated joy of escaping the more predictable work-a-day world that doesn’t involve parenting tips.
What do we get today? Bump watch. Pregnancy announcements. Baby shower gift guides. Baby name speculation. Blow-by-blow delivery stories. What the ??
And now, breathless commentary on Angelina and Brad’s in vitro fertilization treatments, which by the way, are not just for those who have “defects in the machinery.” Yes that phrase actually was used in The Star Report in the San Jose Mercury News print edition. ‘Cause clearly there weren’t enough degrading and demeaning phrases to describe those fighting infertility and we needed a new one: defective. Lovely. Just lovely.
And God forbid anyone might think Brangelina couldn’t conceive on their own. Apparently their publicity team felt the need to give Us Magazine the real story lest this gold mine of a celebrity couple be painted with the stigma of those other people (whisper, whisper) you know those less genetically perfect people, those freaks of nature who actually need to rely on in vitro fertilization…
And guess what else? In vitro takes all the stress out of conceiving! A source is quoted as saying as much so it must be true!
“The actress chose the procedure (which can cost around $12,000 a pop) so she wouldn’t have to deal with the stress of trying to get pregnant,” the source tells Us. “She could just knock it out.”
Where to begin?? The damage done from stories like this is immense. More fodder for the misinformation machine around infertility.
1) In vitro fertilization treatments DON’T always succeed. (Um, trust me, I know all too well the failure scenarios…)
2) Despite what this reporting implies, the medical establishment cannot produce babies on demand.
3) In vitro fertilization treatments are ridiculously stressful. (How can shooting up hormones not be a tad anxiety producing?)
4) Your turn now. Fill in the blank.