TMZ made a reporting faux-pas yesterday and had to quickly change the headline to a story before anyone noticed. The original headline looked like this:
Apparently someone realized how totally inappropriate this was, and now the headline looks like this:
I guess I should give TMZ the tiniest of props for realizing how out of hand one of their writers got with his or her thought process and fixing the problem…but um…what? Is this what’s going through our minds when it comes to the body of a woman we don’t personally know? This is not at all about how interested people are in Jay-Z and Beyonce’s baby — that’s a matter of personal choice and its fine to be excited, just happy for them, or not care at all. But what fuels interest in the personal details of childbirth?
Among people whose interest in the matter I can understand are childbirth aficionados such as midwives and expecting mothers, and superfans who want to know every little thing about their favorite artist that they can possibly learn. And of course there are people who see a c-section as a red flag for a secret tummy tuck or a surrogacy, neither of which is fully grounded in facts but hey, that’s gossipers for you. Both are fair enough.
But for the rest of us, would actually having a personal stake in her childbirth experience even then make it appropriate to talk about her vagina? Because of course we don’t have that personal stake, and even if we did I’m not sure that would make the very personal word “vagina” come to mind. When’s the last time someone you know had a baby and you went nosing around in the details her delivery without her sharing with you first? What made Beyonce release this information in the first place?
What do you think?