In a recent interview, U.S. Olympic volleyball star Kerry Walsh Jennings made some comments about having children that Independent Journal called “pretty ballsy.”
“Before I had more kids, I was like, this feels trivial. I’d been playing for so long, and I was like I need balance. All my eggs are in this one basket, and it’s very self-centered and self-focused,” Walsh Jennings said in an interview several months before the start of the 2016 games. “They gave me that perspective and balance I thought I was missing. It took my game and my desire and my passion for life to the next level. I am hugely indebted to my children.”
The gold medalist later told NBC, “I feel like I was born to have babies and play volleyball” — which struck a nerve with many liberals on Twitter.
This isn’t the first time that liberals and “feminists” have criticized successful women for speaking positively about motherhood. Natalie Portman found herself in the midst of outrage for saying that being a mom is “the most important role of her life” during an Oscar acceptance speech. And earlier this year, Adele was condemned for saying that becoming a parent gave her life purpose.
“It’s made overwhelmingly clear, over and over again: these abortion advocates, much as they try to pretend to be “pro-choice,” don’t care about women making their own choices at all,” said Cassy Fiano of Live Action News. “What they are is pro-abortion, which is exactly why any time a successful woman speaks about motherhood as a fulfilling role, the pro-abortion extremists get so angry.”
Walsh Jennings, who was pregnant when she competed during the London Olympics in 2012, returned to play in Rio de Janeiro with her new teammate April Ross. The two have already won their first match against Australia. When asked what she would be doing if she weren’t a professional volleyball player, Walsh Jennings answered that she would “be a mommy.”
While some were offended that a woman could ever want to have a family, others applauded her comment, calling it “the most hardcore quote I’ve ever heard,” and the “Olympic line of the night.”
Walsh Jennings has already won three Olympic gold medals — and has three children — and she is not yet finished with her career or her family. Her aspirations to continue both are a choice that she’s made as a woman, a choice one would think other women could respect.
“I’d love to win a fourth gold medal,” she said. “I’d love to have a fourth baby.”