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Our view of working pregnant women needs to change, starting with Cardi B

Her pregnant twerking has come under scrutiny.

CARDI B PERFORMED at the second wave of Coachella festival in California last weekend.

2018 Coachella Music And Arts Festival - Weekend 2 - Day 3 Source: Amy Harris

The rapper brought out  SZA, J Balvin, and Bad Bunny during her own set earlier in the day, and joined boyfriend Offset during his band Migos’ set to perform their collaboration ‘Motorsport’.

Since announcing her pregnancy the day after releasing her debut album, ‘Invasion Of Privacy’, she’s been putting in the work. Most recently, she’s been the musical guest on SNL, co-hosted The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, appeared on Ellen … The list goes on, exhaustively.

Her performances have remained high octane. She was lavished with praise for her rendition of ‘Money Bag’ on Jimmy Fallon.

Source: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon/YouTube

Since then, however, there’s been a significant change in the commentary. Her Coachella performance featured some twerking, something which became a particular focus for media outlets and Twitter users alike.

Cardi B’s career began as a stripper, something which she has never denied and has had to go to lengths to explain that it was a job she enjoyed. It’s something that is now largely associated with her and her brand. Why she should have to dilute that for the public’s favour, barring her being told not to a bust a move on medical grounds? (She’s since joked that her twerking was meant to demonstrate how she got pregnant in the first place).

SZA recently came to Cardi’s defense when a supposed fan said she was “the last person to admire”.

“Hating on bomb ass self made working pregnant women? You could do better,” she clapped back.

A majority claimed that Cardi’s career was over before it had even begun with this pregnancy announcement. Now, as she attempts to work harder than both her male peers and her (not pregnant) female peers, she is still being criticised. Very few seem to want to let her win.

Pregnant women shouldn’t be expected to compromise when it comes to their personality just because they are a baby. They should not be subjected to unsolicited advice about how and whether they choose to work, whether they’re in the public eye or otherwise.

Pregnant women should be trusted and not publicly chastised for their every waking move. Okuuuuuuur?


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