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In an interview with BBC Radio 4's "Woman Hour" that is making waves on social media, Kim Cattrall, 59, spoke about redefining the definition of motherhood and the stigma that women face for choosing not to have children.
"I’m so glad that I’m not in a political job, because I would be judged even more harshly,” the Golden Globe winner said of current attitudes. “It would be, if I had children, could I do the job efficiently? And if I didn’t have children, I was a selfish b***h.”
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Cattrall, who is known for playing sexy and single Samantha in HBO's hit series Sex And The City, has had a very successful career in film and television since she got into show biz in high school. Yet she says the term "childless" makes it seem like there is something missing from her life or she did something "less" than she should have.
“Child-less. It sounds like you’re less, because you haven’t had a child,” Cattrall said. “I think for a lot of women from my generation it wasn’t actually a conscious choice. It was a feeling of, I’m on this road and things are going really well, and I’m very happy, and I’ll do it next year. I’ll do it in two years. I’ll do it in five years.’”
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Contrary to the traditional definition of motherhood, Cattrall says she actually very much considers herself a mother, although not in the biological sense.
“Child-less. It sounds like you’re less, because you haven’t had a child." - Kim Cattrall
"I am a parent. I have young actors and actresses that I mentor. I have nieces and a nephew that I am very close to, so I think the thing that I find questionable about being childless or child-free [is]: Are you really? There is a way to become a mother in this day and age that doesn't include your name on the child's birth certificate."
Listen to the full interview below.