Our Girl and Brassic actor Michelle Keegan is asked about “starting a family” on this week’s The Jonathan Ross Show, but why is she still having to answer such blatantly sexist questions?
Another day, another woman being asked by a stranger about why she doesn’t have children “yet”. Kylie Minogue knows about this all too well. And Taylor Swift recently shut down a journalist for making comments about her “settling down” at 30. Now, actor Michelle Keegan is in the fertility firing line (once again).
Speaking to TV host Jonathan Ross on his ITV chat show this week, she was asked about her plans to have a baby.
“Not yet. Everyone always asks that question. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not getting any younger,” she replied, clearly feeling the need to justify herself when put on the spot.
“My mum is on it as well. No plans yet, but we definitely do want children in the future.”
It’s worth noting that Keegan’s career is currently skyrocketing, with a fashion line under her belt and a new TV drama called Brassic.
But, because she has been married to her husband Mark Wright for over four years, the focus is obviously on her plans to start a family with him.
This isn’t the first time that Keegan has had to face such sexist questions.
She recently spoke out about it in an interview with the Independent, saying: “It’s like, as soon as you get married, ‘When are you having a child?’ My husband never gets asked that question.”
“It’s no one’s business,” she continued. “And I think now, even now, I’m still learning how to deal with things like that. I used to blab and go on about it, whereas now I’m like, ‘I don’t want to answer questions like that, it’s personal’.”
Keegan continued: “I do find it strange that my husband doesn’t get that question, or if he does it’s on behalf of me. It’s not like, ‘Do you want children?’ It’s, ‘Does Michelle want children?’ Just because I’m a woman.
“I do see the divide there and I do see it’s different, completely different. It’s quite frustrating.”
With this in mind, Keegan’s short and simple response to Ross’ intrusive question was more than understandable. In fact, it was far more polite than her interviewer deserved.
Because, quite frankly, Ross didn’t need to ask her about her reproductive plans. And, quite honestly, she didn’t need to answer his invasive line of questioning at all.
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