Meghan Markle and the royal pregnancy announcement: media mis/reporting of advanced maternal age

Feasey, R (2021) 'Meghan Markle and the royal pregnancy announcement: media mis/reporting of advanced maternal age.' Journal of Gender Studies. ISSN 0958-9236

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/09589236.2021.1934658

Abstract

Although Meghan Markle has been both championed and challenged for negotiating extant representations of marriage and romance, race, class and feminism, more recently the former actress found herself at the centre of a debate over in/fertility and ‘geriatric’ motherhood. Using Markle as a case in point, the women’s magazine, health, beauty and celebrity entertainment sector demonstrated concern for the high alarm strategies being presented in relation to older motherhood. With this in mind, this article will look at the gendered magazine sector and question the ways in which their narratives of advanced maternal age in general, and their commentary on Markle’s successful royal pregnancy in particular can be understood as either a productive or problematic step in opening up a debate about advanced maternal age, pregnancy and age-related in/fertility.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Meghan Markle, ‘geriatric’ pregnancy, age-shaming, advanced maternal age, age-related in/fertility, women’s magazines
Divisions: School of Creative Industries
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/09589236.2021.1934658
Date Deposited: 27 May 2021 18:18
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2021 09:56
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