15. The Media Proudly Present

“Lessons” From Celebrity Moms

  1. Sheila Lintott Assistant Professor of Philosophy
  1. Clemence Due doctoral candidate, PhD1 and
  2. Damien W. Riggs lecturer2

Published Online: 13 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324525.ch15

Motherhood - Philosophy for Everyone

Motherhood - Philosophy for Everyone

How to Cite

Due, C. and Riggs, D. W. (2010) The Media Proudly Present, in Motherhood - Philosophy for Everyone (ed S. Lintott), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324525.ch15

Editor Information

  1. Bucknell University, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Adelaide, Australia

  2. 2

    Flinders University, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 24 SEP 2010

Book Series:

  1. Philosophy for Everyone

Book Series Editors:

  1. Fritz Allhoff

Series Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444330281

Online ISBN: 9781444324525



  • “Lessons”From Celebrity Moms - the media proudly presenting celebrity mom to be;
  • meeting celebrity moms, pregnant celebrities - as focus of magazines, huge sums paid for pictures of celebrity babies;
  • Britney Spears, under intense media scrutiny - as having a breakdown;
  • “good” or “bad” status of mothers - whether women were or were not doing a good job in mothering roles;
  • articles on mothering ability - rarely commenting on discussions about women's partners;
  • Richie's credit, able to “have it all” - hinging on prioritizing her child, doing minimal work;
  • how to be a bad mother - how motherhood changes lives of party-women;
  • Britney Spears, participants picking on negative “bad mom” images;
  • mothering as boring - mass media's fascination with celebrity mothers, efforts in “mothering”;
  • celebrity mothers, loving kids unconditionally - and who loved being mothers


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Meet the Celebrity Moms

  • How to be a Good Mother

  • Working Mothers

  • How to be a Bad Mother

  • Conclusion: Mothering as Boring

  • Notes