"For the most part, news that the world’s richest human being is now father to
nine children with three different women – and that two of the women’s
pregnancies occurred concurrently – has been met with an enthusiastic curiosity
and jokes about how eccentric Elon Musk is.
But alongside the resignation of now-former British Prime Minister Boris
Johnson, who has seven children with three different partners, the news of
Musk’s growing brood highlights a toxic double standard of how we still view
women’s roles within family units.
Would a woman with nine children to three men really be the CEO at one of the
world’s most successful companies, as Musk is? Would voters consider a woman
with seven children to three different men a viable candidate for a local MP
position, let alone Prime Minister, as Johnson was?
A quick look around will tell you the answer to both questions is a resounding
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics