Yes, you guessed it. It’s World Breastfeeding Week, and another celebrity has spoken out in favor of breastfeeding. Olivia Wilde, actress from The O.C. and Tron: Legacy, had the cover story for this September’s Glamour. The most trend-worthy part? The picture of Wilde breastfeeding her five-month son, Otis. Wilde explains: “Being shot with Otis is so perfect because any portrait of me right now isn’t complete without my identity as a mother being a part of that.”
Given all the recent push-back mothers have been getting about breastfeeding in public, countless mothers (famous and less-so) have been standing up for their right to breastfeed without being shamed or asked to leave. There have been countless stories, from Karlesha Thurman the breastfeeding graduate to the teen Starbucks barista who stood up for a breastfeeding customer. When another customer asked him to dismiss the nursing mother, he went and apologized to the mother and offered a free refill.
In other words, as countless people fight for nursing mothers’ rights, it has become somewhat trendy for celebrities to join in on the protest. That said, this story seems different. First off, Wilde was photographed professionally for a magazine – she was committed to showing her nursing her son. Secondly, Wilde is very much aware of how she wants to use her celebrity to affect change.
In this very interview, Glamour’s Cindi Leive asked Wilde how she planned to change her career given her past. Wilde responded: “When I speak at panels, I sometimes get asked about women’s roles in the media and how we’re perceived. Someone will always call me out, like, “But you posed on the cover of GQ in a bikini. So how can you seem to understand why that hinders us as a sex?” Well, wait a minute. I can speak with authority about the state of women in the media because I am part of the machine itself. And also I’m allowed to evolve and grow up.” Wilde recognizes her own contribution to society’s standards, and plans to use that knowledge and experience to influence the very system she’s a part of. In the end, we are all a part of that system, and it’s up to us to figure out how we contribute, and what we can do to change it.