Serena Williams is quitting the tennis business after becoming one of the most celebrated athletes in human history and earning like a quarter of a billion dollars, but she wants you to know that there is injustice in this world, darn it.
From Vogue's writeup of the star athlete's retirement transition:
Believe me, I never wanted to have to choose between tennis and a family. I don't think it's fair. If I were a guy, I wouldn't be writing this because I'd be out there playing and winning while my wife was doing the physical labor of expanding our family. Maybe I'd be more of a Tom Brady if I had that opportunity.
So, she wishes she were a man? I've heard that actually makes her a man.
Or perhaps she sees motherhood as a bit of a curse because our society has demonized the blessings of motherhood (and raising the next generation of people in general) in order to convince women that they should do everything the same as men and push them to idolize things like sports and fame.
And maybe women everywhere are getting bitter about that regardless of their social status or wealth and are starting to feel like their priorities have been messed up.
Nah, couldn't be that.
Don't get me wrong: I love being a woman, and I loved every second of being pregnant with Olympia. I was one of those annoying women who adored being pregnant and was working until the day I had to report to the hospital ... But I'm turning 41 this month, and something's got to give.
Okay. So let me see if I've got this right: Serena Williams wants babies, she "adored being pregnant," she continued to have an active professional life up until she was ready to pop, she "loved every second" of pregnancy, and yet she's mad because of… what?
She couldn't do doubles when she was at 38 weeks?
She would have to give up time and potentially some of her skill to have a child?
She would miss out on more titles and fame?
Why do bad things always happen to Serena?
A few years ago I quietly started Serena Ventures, a venture capital firm. Soon after that, I started a family. I want to grow that family.
Well, best of luck to Serena in her retirement!
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