Olivia Wilde Calls Out Gross Double Standard Moms Have To Deal With

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Olivia Wilde may be a famous actress and director, but she’s also a mom of two—and that means she faces the same types of double standards that many other commonplace moms deal with on a regular basis.

In Variety’s Venice Film Festival 2022 issue cover story, Wilde opened up about her breakup with Jason Sudeikis, the father of her two kids (Otis, 8 and Daisy, 5), and her new relationship with Harry Styles. She said that her dating Styles alone has caused a wealth of judgment, not to mention her privacy violated.

 

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“The last two years, my family has gone through this kind of restructuring and a revolution that should be a totally personal experience,” Wilde said. “And it’s not. The most painful element of it has been women shaming me for making a decision that was for my own health and happiness.”

It would be one thing if she was perceived as a happy, loving mom in the press. However, according to Wilde, only Sudeikis gets this kind of recognition, and it’s for doing the same things as she does. She calls it a complete double standard that men and women face as parents.

 

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For example, when she’s seen with Styles and not her kids, people judge her for being with a younger man and being an absentee parent. However, Sudeikis is always praised for being a hero if he’s doing the bare minimum with the children. Fair? We think not!

“When people see me not with my kids, it’s always ‘How dare she,’” Wilde said. “I’ve never seen anyone say that about a guy. And if he is with his kid, he’s a f*cking hero.”

 

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Wilde is actually a very present mother. She’s so present, in fact, that she took the entire summer off of work to spend quality time with her kids. “It became clear to me that this year was a time for me to be a stay-at-home mom,” Wilde told Variety. “It was not the year for me to be on a set, which is totally all-encompassing. It was time for me to pause and devote myself to the kids when I have them.”

Do you agree with this double standard that women face when it comes to their kids?