Lindsay Lohan is not buying one of the primary whoppers of feminism: that incubating and having babies is peak female oppression.
The actress, perhaps best known for playing both trouble-making twins in “The Parent Trap” remake some 25 years ago, recently gave birth to a healthy baby boy named Luai and posted her first postpartum picture on Instagram on Wednesday.
“I am so proud of what this body was able to accomplish during these months of pregnancy and now, recovery. Having a baby is the greatest joy in the world!” Lohan wrote to her 13.8 million followers, going on to plug her “outfit of the day” and drop a reference to “Mean Girls,” another cult classic that helped make her famous. “My OOTD lately is my @fridamom postpartum underwear. Because I’m not a regular mom, I’m a postpartum mom.”
Good on Lohan for stating what should be obvious both biologically and socially but isn’t: Bringing new life into the world and cultivating a family is one of life’s fullest joys. While most celebrities try to convince themselves and the watching world that the path to success is paved with abortion, it’s always refreshing to hear the true message that embracing what our bodies were designed to do brings the utmost fulfillment.
Women have a totally unique and kick-butt ability to incubate a human life from the moment of conception and then labor through the intense task of bringing that whole new person into the outside world. Ladies literally create families and communities and nations — all with the insane power that is our bodies. Oh, you made partner? That’s nice. She made people!
How the heck did multiple generations get duped into thinking our uteruses gave us the raw end of the deal? That’s what happens when you convince yourself and the rest of your sex that C-section scars are less admirable than C-suites and that managing a household is lame compared to managing a marketing department.
Radical feminists don’t just lie about what babies do to careers, though. They resent what babies do to bodies: Goodbye, hourglass. Hello, saggy, puffy, human burp cloth. Ever notice how “body positivity” feminists love obesity but loathe the idea of a little baby weight?
In an attempt to have babies but avoid the dreaded body changes, some celebrities turn to the exploitative surrogacy industry. Just ask Khloe Kardashian how that goes. Last July, Kardashian’s son Tatum was born after being created in a lab through in vitro fertilization and then implanted in a surrogate. It compromised their mother-son bond, she explained, lamenting that she wished people were more honest about the harsh realities of renting a womb.
“I felt really guilty that this woman just had my baby,” Kardashian confessed of the surrogate. “I take the baby and I go to another room, and you’re sort of separated. It’s such a transactional experience ’cause it’s not about him.”
So many prevailing narratives about female physiology are just vicious lies. On the one hand, you don’t have to look any further than Lizzo to know the body positivity movement is a death spiral — a postmodern attempt to shun health and natural beauty in favor of grotesque self-destruction. But there’s nothing ugly or unhealthy about a postpartum body. Lohan gets this right, too, showing off her new figure because it’s really about “what this body was able to accomplish” — and that’s something to be proud of.
Take a cue from Lohan, embrace your body’s potential, and don’t fall for feminism’s tired lies. Parenthood isn’t a trap. It’s the “greatest joy in the world!”