Kim Kardashian’s Third Child Is on the Way, but People Are Refusing to Call Her ‘Pregnant’

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Social media celebrity, Kim Kardashian, and her husband, rapper Kanye West, are officially expecting their third child. The couple are already parents to adorable 4-year-old daughter, North West, and sweet 1-year-old son, Saint West.

And while Kim Kardashian has always been a lightning rod for attention, both good and bad, her latest pregnancy announcement has people up in arms for a reason her first two pregnancies didn’t.

So, what’s different this time?

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Even everyday social media posts like this draw all sorts of comments and shares. But when she has BIG news? It tends to go totally viral.

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Last week, she made waves recently for posing as American icon Jackie O.  Whether or not it’s in poor taste is for others to judge, but it speaks to how often the celeb icon attracts (and possibly courts) scandal.  

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By all accounts, she’s a loving, attentive mom who also enjoys flaunting her sexuality, and that might be the rub when it comes to the criticism she’s facing today.  

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Surprisingly, the announcement came with a swift and angry backlash.

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Kim and Kanye are having a baby, but she isn’t pregnant. So… how does that work?

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They’re employing a surrogate to carry the child.

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She’s the mom, but not carrying the baby. Unfortunately, this is the type of shaming that we’ve grown accustomed to on social media. Even distant observers feel there’s a “right” and “wrong” way to raise a child.

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People really will latch on to any scandal possible when it comes to the Kardashians, and while this comment was meant as a throwaway joke, it speaks to how the public treats a woman expecting a child who they deem to be in the “public domain.”

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It’s not Kim, it’s “Kanye’s surrogate.” No one speaks out on Twitter saying, “I’m mom-shaming you!” but that’s exactly what we’re dealing with here. Yikes.

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There are many reasons to opt for a surrogate pregnancy, but the ones who know firsthand aren’t about to speak up and throw themselves in the midst of a Kim Kardashian Twitter controversy. So the louder, more negative side tends to “win” on social media. Or, more specifically, they tend to run unopposed as celebs don’t want to stoop to engaging the haters and others tend to leave personal matters just that…personal.

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For those who don’t know, the condition can make the pregnancy QUITE painful, even by your normal pregnancy standards. Further, it can endanger the mom’s life due to high blood pressure and even liquid in the lungs. A surrogate would certainly alleviate those concerns.

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Despite Kim K. being a very public figure, this is a very personal decision…whether or not people choose to acknowledge it is a different story, and one that’s very much outside her control. She’s proven a master manipulator (yeah, that’s the right word) of the media, but it’s understandable that this is one war she wouldn’t want to wage

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It’s understandable that people might question the media queen’s motives, but the reactions seem to be more knee-jerk than grounded in any factual basis.

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It’s a tricky balancing act for a very extraordinary case of celebrity, isn’t it? Well, it’s really NOT. She’s a human being happy to be welcoming a child into the world (expected arrival date: January). But the mom-shaming seems to come from people’s inability to view Kim Kardashian as anything other than some sort of object. That’s a different type of shaming altogether, but shaming is shaming.

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Congrats to Kim and Kanye on baby #3!

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