After having her son, Noah, Megan has rethought her past roles which (ahem – Transformers) highlighted her body instead of her acting chops. She has resigned to covering up so that when her son gets older he doesn’t have to deal with the “humiliation.” She said, “I’m going to be more cautious about choosing films because I’m already thinking about when he’s in school and his friends are going to be showing him my photo shoots with me in a bikini and he’s going to be horrified. So that will deter me from making some of the choices I made before.”
I think it’s interesting because Channing Tatum is probably not going to have to worry about this. Yeah, his future kids may giggle a bit about it, but men don’t have to worry about showing off their six-packs, doing sex scenes or even being objectified (ahem Magic Mike) the way women will when they have kids. There isn’t anything wrong with a female showing off her body or using her body to make money as long as she is exercising her agency in doing so. If I saw my mom in a bikini, bending over, I’d be embarrassed – yeah, duh! – but I wouldn’t be ashamed. Although, there are people who wouldn’t be so kind.
Megan is already concerned about being a mother and being as “old” as 26, she said, “It’s scary because unfortunately women in the film industry don’t seem to hold their value as they get older so it’s scary for all of us. I relate it to being like a basketball player who is only 33 or 34 but people say he is geriatric because you top-out young It’s the same thing for actresses. I’m 26 but already time is a tickin’.”
Now, I am all for Megan Fox using her body as a vehicle for her career because I don’t really care about what Megan Fox does it’s her business, but I am interested in seeing the other aspects of her as well. (Jennifer’s Body wasn’t so bad, was it?) It’s just a sad reality when we associate so much shame, immorality and humiliation with something as commonplace and mundane as the flesh sacks we call “bodies.” What do you think?
[Lead Image Via. Daily Mail]