Mother of All Taboos; SUSAN LEE - TELLING IT LIKE IT IS: Zoe Speaks Up for Women

Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England), December 14, 2001 | Go to article overview

Mother of All Taboos; SUSAN LEE - TELLING IT LIKE IT IS: Zoe Speaks Up for Women


IT'S not often that a media personality manages to bust a taboo but Zoe Ball has done it by admitting how miserable the first few months of new motherhood made her.

Her admission will strike a chord with millions of women who, until now, have rarely seen what they considered their own very private misery discussed in public.

Zoe has been painfully honest in saying that it is only now, a year after delivering her son Woody, that she's actually enjoying being a mum.

You see, childbirth should be the most natural thing in the world - it is what women are designed to do.

But if you don't take to it like a duck to water society makes you feel as though you've failed.

And so the easiest thing in the world is to say nothing and suffer.

The fact that you're exhausted to the point of sobbing, have a figure like a Rowntree's jelly and stitches that make you wince when you cough is of little consequence to anyone.

So is the fact that the responsibility of it all is, for many women, awesomely, desperately overwhelming. …

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