Olympic Volleyball Star and Mother of Three Makes Feminists Mad by Saying…
Walsh-Jennings is competing in the Rio Olympic games this week. She was recently interviewed and asked about her life as a mother and pro athlete. It was just four years ago that Walsh-Jennings won the gold medal in London while pregnant, an act that captured the hearts of many. This time around she is competing as the mother of three and says that her kids gave her the perspective she needed. She said:
“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. 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.”
Walsh-Jennings went on to say, “I feel like I was born to have babies and play volleyball.”
These simple words of what life is about for her, as a mother and athlete were enough to get liberal feminists outraged. But that just shows how out of touch they are. At no time did Walsh-Jennings say that her life was a model for others. But that didn’t matter to feminists that want to shame anyone that dares to place a high priority on children and motherhood.
What we are seeing is the demand that all women support and adhere to the feminist rhetoric that career and prestige come first and all else comes second. After all, if a woman can be president then surely the role of mother is below any woman. But the role of mother continues to be one of the highest callings any woman can achieve. That role takes many forms and looks different for many women. But it remains an honored, highly regarded position.
Kerri Walsh-Jennings has become a very public figure, a face of volleyball if you will. The fact that she is a mother of three and seeking her fourth Olympic gold medal makes her a highly accomplished woman. I think she would agree that her accomplishments are in that order too.
You can see more of Kerri Walsh-Jennings in this Today video interview.