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Margot Robbie is right - we all need to stop asking married women when they're going to get pregnant

“I’m so angry there’s this social contract.”

European premiere of Mary Queen of Scots - London Source: Empics Entertainment

MARGOT ROBBIE IS at the top of her game. Her acting career is going from strength to strength, and she has demonstrated her versatility and talent in a broad range of titles, from Suicide Squad to I, Tonya and Mary Queen of Scots. Just last week, we learned that she’s set to take on the role of Barbie, too. 

It’s all go for Margot Robbie. She’s only 28 years old and she’s been nominated for a rake of awards, including an Oscar, three BAFTAs and a Golden Globe. On top of all of that, she was featured on Time’s 100 most influential people of 2017 and was featured on the Forbes list of 30 under 30. There’s so much that this woman could be asked about in an interview, and yet, there are people out there who see nothing more than a celebrity womb with a ticking clock, bound to get pregnant sooner or later. 

And Margot’s fairly fed up. In an interview with the Radio Times this week, Robbie found herself uncomfortable with how much she related to Queen Elizabeth I in her new movie Mary Queen of Scots. She said, “It made me really angry; how dare some old guy dictate what I can and can’t do when it comes to motherhood or my own body?” 

Unfortunately, it’s a conversation we’re still having. I’m so angry that there’s this social contract. You’re married, now have a baby. Don’t presume. I’ll do what I’m going to do. 

This isn’t just something that happens to celebrities either, which makes it even weirder. We all know that people feel (wrongfully) entitled to know everything about celebrities and their personal lives. You might not think it’s weird that someone’s asking a female celebrity, who only got married in 2016, whether she’s thinking of starting a family, until somebody says it to you out of the blue. 

Some people can’t get pregnant. Some people might be in the middle of trying very hard to conceive. Some people simply do not want to have children. Some people might want to adopt. Some people might already be pregnant, but don’t want to talk about it. Some people might have had difficult experiences with miscarriages or fatal foetal abnormalities. Some people might not even be having sex with their partner. 

It’s not really anybody’s business, except for those who the individuals in a relationship feel comfortable sharing updates with. You might think it’s a relevant or interesting topic to bring up with a friend or family member, but just take a second and consider if it’s appropriate, and if there’s literally anything else in the world you could discuss. Whatever about a friend or family member asking you about kids – it could potentially be awkward or upsetting, but you know that they’re well-meaning.

There’s really no excuse for strangers or acquaintances to bring it up though. Especially when they’re talking to celebrities, who they don’t even know on a personal level. 

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