Picture the scene: You’re watching your favorite TV talk show and the presenter walks on to the set wearing a fake baby bump. The topic she wants to discuss is how a woman can become pregnant outside of marriage.
Fake baby bump aside, it’s a subject that is frequently discussed on Western TV shows and in the media. We all know by now there are countless ways to have a baby if you’re single and don’t have a man – from sperm and/or egg donation to embryo adoption. But Doaa Salah the presenter who introduced this topic did so on Egyptian TV on her show With Dody.
If this happened on The View or The Talk, on Ellen or Wendy Williams we wouldn’t have batted an eyelid. People like or loathe those shows in equal measure. And the most disgruntled viewers will do in response is start an online petition to get it off the air. But that’s it. We have free speech in the U.S. and freedom of the press. The very fact that this story has gone viral is a textbook reason why both are values that we should cling to and vigorously defend.