Silverman speaks out on motherhood

The US comic said she had to choose between "motherhood and living my fullest life."


Sarah Silverman has attracted both praise and criticism after she tweeted about motherhood and her decision not to have children.

The 46-year-old American comedian took to social media last night to discuss her choice, saying “As a comic always working & on the road I have had to decide between motherhood & living my fullest life & I chose the latter.

“Men don't have to do that. I'd so love to be a fun dad, coming home from the road & being my best fun dad self.

She added that it was impossible to be a woman without making sacrifices, insisting “that’s a fact jack.

“And I ❤ my comedian brothers that acknowledge this truth.  They're my family  & for a lot of us women comic sisters, our only family.”

The comic received some praise for her stance, but one tweet accused her of “mother shaming – implying that women who choose motherhood don’t choose their ‘fullest life’.”

In 2012 Ms Silverman stated that she did not want children because 'I know that I have this depression and that it’s in my family. Every family has their stuff but, for me, I just don’t feel strong enough to see that in a child.'

In 2016 she told Marc Maron on his podcast, WTF: “It's a sadness for me because I love kids. I ache for kids. But I love my life more. You can't have it all; you really can't.”

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