Dunghutti woman and model Sam Harris has spoken out against journalists theorising that she's pregnant, quite rightly pointing out that those questions are rude and nobody's business.
On Monday, she shared a photo of herself to Instagram and explained the situation, where she overheard her agent on the phone to a journalist stamping out pregnancy rumours.
"[N]eedless to say I was not impressed the fact that I'm NOT pregnant I find this so rude and just another thing as a women like seriously where do rumours like that come from??, what are they implying are they trying to say I've gained weight or something??"
Sam highlighted that this kind of conjecture is only aimed at women, and is just another thing on top of all the other sexist things women in the spotlight endure from the media. Pregnancy rumours based on no evidence can also be damaging, especially for women who have have experienced miscarriage or had difficulty conceiving.
Sam's point about the media "trying to say [she's] gained weight or something" also demonstrates the implicit body-shaming of some media outlets, who closely follow public women's weight loss and gain.
"[I]f and when I do fall pregnant it will be up to myself and my husband [Luke Hunt] to whom we share that information with and if we let media know at all and just to clarify one more time to all media outlets I'm NOT pregnant and I'm also NOT fat . . .," Sam concluded.
Hell yes! It's up to Sam (and every woman, for that matter!) to decide what she wants to share online, and when. And we loved seeing her hit back at people policing her body and weight.
The model is an understated feminist and activist. In July, Sam shared a #ChallengeAccepted post, writing, "Women empowering women together we are unstoppable 👊🏽."
In June, Sam responded to the ongoing protests in the US after George Floyd was killed by police, drawing parallels to discrimination against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia. "[R]acism is alive and well not only in America but right here in our own backyard which I've shared stories about police brutality and deaths in custody in the past," she wrote. "It's disgusting and has to change!!!"
She also called out Scott Morrison and the Liberal Government in March for their callous handling of payments to unemployed people during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sam has advocated for the date of Australia Day to be changed in order to include First Nations peoples. She's also supported the Uluru Statement From the Heart, which saw Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples from across the country come to a consensus in 2017 about what they want constitutional recognition for Indigenous peoples to look like —including a First Nations voice to Parliament.
Sam's post yesterday is a timely reminder that just because someone is in the public eye doesn't mean we as the media — and as fans at home — are entitled to know all the private details of their lives. It's a privilege to be invited into another person's journey to motherhood, not a right.