The Hostess With the Mostess
Last week this appalling exchange occurred between PBS personality Tavis Smiley and actress Rachel Weisz:
Smiley: I should start by saying congratulations.
Weisz: Thank you.
Smiley: On a couple of different things. . . . First the nomination. And then the baby.
Weisz: The baby, yeah. It's--
Smiley: So you just announced the other day you're pregnant.
Weisz: Yeah, I'm five months now, so it's kind of safe to say out loud.
Smiley: Five months now, yeah. It's your first baby?
Weisz: First time.
Smiley: All right, so how's this feeling for you?
Weisz: Feel, right now, I'm in a good phase. The first three months were a little more tricky. You get morning sickness and a little tired, but I'm feeling quite good now. You, in the second trimester, I think you start to feel like anything is possible. Yeah.
Smiley: So this is, you're gonna stop working for a little bit, obviously, to be a mommy for a minute.
Stop right there! Baby? Mommy? What is this, "The 700 Club"?
Earlier this week we attended a debate on abortion, sponsored jointly by the Federalist Society and the left-wing American Constitution Society. From the pro-abortion debater we learned the correct terminology for a pregnant woman and her--um, how do we say this? Her--uh, hmm--well, you know what we mean, that "thing" in her tummy. Anyway, you're not supposed to say she's a "mommy" with a "baby." That is disrespectful to women. You're supposed to say she's a "host" with a "fetus."