Miranda Kerr barely gets any publicity, so you may have missed the fact that she was in Australia recently on a 10-day promotional tour.

Just like everybody else… Picture: Craig Greenhill

Obviously I’m joking. If you somehow missed the Kerr-pocalypse that engulfed Australian media over the last two weeks you really must have been living under a rock. And even then you must have been diligent about ignoring the world, because I’m not entirely sure Kerr-related news wouldn’t have made it there too.

The 29-year-old Victoria’s Secret and David Jones supermodel was featured in and on practically every media outlet in the country during her trip here, blathering on about the companies that pay her lots of money to blather on about them. Watching Kerr blah blah about her organic skincare range yet again might be as boring as watching a banana take a nap, but she’s earning a wage, so good for her.

What rankled me about the slew of dull interviews Kerr gave during her trip were the fawning reporters who all asked her, for about the umpty-billionth time, how she manages to “juggle” her career with looking after her two-year-old son Flynn.

My problems with this question are multiple.

Firstly: it’s completely boring. Every interviewer in the world has asked Miranda Kerr this question, and she is yet to give anything resembling an interesting answer.

To be fair to Kerr it’s probably a difficult question to answer in an entertaining fashion, because secondly: it implies that it is somehow a magical feat to balance work and family, when billions of women around the world do it every day, without the help of nannies and personal assistants and millions of dollars.

Miranda Kerr may be beautiful and famous and work an extraordinary job, but that doesn’t actually make it more amazing when she does something motherly.

Not that you’d know it, from the way her daily life is reported in the gossip pages.

“Miranda Kerr and son Flynn bare their soles in Los Angeles,” blasted England’s The Sun, about Kerr and her son walking barefoot in America, while the Celebrity Baby Scoop website breathlessly reported her trip to a toddlers’ gymnastics class.

“Miranda Kerr spends day in the park with son Flynn,” gasped American news station WFMY, while OK Magazine went completely off the wall with “Miranda Kerr snapped shielding baby Flynn’s face as she flaunts tiny waist”.

I’m not a mother myself, but I’m sick to death of the unnatural focus the media places on celebrity mums as if they’re some sort of special breed.

Why are we constantly marvelling at how women like Kerr “juggle” their career and family, as if it’s some huge struggle that only they face?

You know how they juggle it? With lots of money, and personal assistants, and helpers and paid nannies and first class trips to lots of holiday destinations.

Why aren’t every day working mums ever asked how they manage such an extraordinary task?

Mums who actually have to drive their kids to school in the morning before going to their job, who pick them up again at night and then go home to cook dinner, clean up and tuck them into bed. Maybe they’re single mums, in which case their “juggling” act is more like a Cirque Du Soleil performance.

Why aren’t famous fathers ever asked this question? Frankly Miranda Kerr’s husband Orlando Bloom would be lucky to have to balance family with anything at the moment, given his apparent lack of film career, but that’s hardly the point.

It seems to me this intense focus on famous mothers - how they parent, whether they breastfeed, how they’ve lost their ``baby weight’’ just weeks after giving birth - only serves to make other mums feel inadequate by comparison.

It’s true that being a mother is a tough job no matter how famous or wealthy you are, but if we could all stop pretending that celebrity mums have “got it all worked out”, maybe it would help to ease the pressure on the rest of us.

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    • marley says:

      06:13am | 21/02/13

      Who is Miranda Kerr, and why should I care?

      Signed:  Rock Dweller

    • Chris L says:

      01:03pm | 21/02/13

      Not sure, but she’s real pretty.

      Where did that rock come from?

    • St. Michael says:

      01:08pm | 21/02/13

      A former Victoria’s Secret model, and because she looks good in very little clothing.

      Signed: Free Porn Viewer.

    • Tim says:

      01:42pm | 21/02/13

      St Michael,
      I see you’ve found Fashion TV also.

    • Troy Flynn says:

      06:21am | 21/02/13

      Well I must officially be living under a rock because I had no knowledge that she was in the country or seen any of of her interviews. True I haven’t watched commercial television since about mid-way through last year thanks to the internet but regardless, why should I care what a department store mannequin (albeit an attractive one) has to say. (That and the fact that she’s already spoken for) The entire fashion industry is about showing off and pretention so I completely ignore it anyway.

    • gof says:

      06:35am | 21/02/13

      I agree, she is talentless and holds nothing on Jennifer Hawkins and our own PM. How can someone make a career parading around in their red underwear? Oh wait, doesn’t Tony Abbott do that!

    • Chillin says:

      07:22am | 21/02/13

      What do you think Jennifer Hawkins does any different?

    • Smith says:

      07:35am | 21/02/13

      Acotrel’s law: mentioning Tony Abbott in the comments section of an article that has nothing to do with politics.

      Very early in the morning for it.

    • gof says:

      07:55am | 21/02/13

      #Chillin ,
      ” Jennifer Hawkins does any different?”
      TV presenter for one! Cheerleader for two!

    • Chillin says:

      08:04am | 21/02/13

      They all seem a bit overtly and uncontrollably sexualised by his swimming costume.  Must fire up the Labor party cockles.

    • Chillin says:

      08:18am | 21/02/13

      Ohhhh she can read a tele-promoter and they can edit out the parts when she can’t even do that.  A cheerleader too.  Such TALENT.

      Clearly a class above.

    • gof says:

      08:22am | 21/02/13

      ” sexualised by his swimming costume”
      We are just curious if they are bikini bottoms are speedos, hard to tell if you get my drift.

    • Chillin says:

      08:32am | 21/02/13


      No one but Labor party supporters care.  The only one getting hard over it is you.

    • Alfie says:

      08:53am | 21/02/13

      “..holds nothing on Jennifer Hawkins and our own PM”

      I certainly would not like to see Gillard “parading around in red underwear.” No sirreeee…

    • gof says:

      09:21am | 21/02/13

      #Chillin ,
      You’re the one bringing up sexualisation, Sigmund would be proud!

    • VVS says:

      09:36am | 21/02/13

      @ Smith

      “Acotrel’s Law” - I love it! Definitely hope the term gets taken up.

    • Chillin says:

      09:43am | 21/02/13


      Only you and acotrel (hint hint) continue to mention his smalls attire over and over again.

      I wouldn’t expect you to admit it, it’s easier for you to deal with psychologically, if you can keep it latent.

    • LJ Dots says:

      10:13am | 21/02/13

      Seriously. What is it with Labor and red unpderpants? acotrel and gof both seem fixated by the topic.

      Then there is Stephen Conroy, afraid of missing out, also gets into the act and tells the heads of major telecommunications companies that they will wear red underpants on their head if he tells them to.

      It’s all a little bit disturbing.

    • St. Michael says:

      11:31am | 21/02/13

      “Seriously. What is it with Labor and red underpants?”

      It’s Labor’s colour of choice, so perhaps they don’t like the thought of it constantly being pressed up against Abbott’s gonads.  On the other hand, I would’ve thought that the ALP would have enjoyed any chance to rustle the Liberal leader’s jimmies.

    • Rose says:

      03:09pm | 21/02/13

      She’s clearly NOT talentless. The world has plenty of stunningly beautiful people and yet only a handful have what it takes to turn their beauty into a highly lucrative, long term career. She is one of that handful of people and that takes more than just luck. She might not be someone with skills that will revolutionize the way the world works or will cure some serious illness or disease, but there is no doubt that she is damn good at what she does!
      Whether or not you or I value her talents is irrelevant, but she is talented!

    • adam says:

      06:36am | 21/02/13

      “Why are we constantly marvelling at how women like Kerr “jiggle” “
      Because Miranda jiggling is quite mesmerising. What? Oh juggling! Sorry carry on

    • Steve says:

      01:11pm | 21/02/13

      Excellent work, Adam. Excellent work.

    • Mahhrat says:

      06:43am | 21/02/13

      ... “You know how they juggle it? With lots of money, and personal assistants, and helpers and paid nannies and first class trips to lots of holiday destinations” ...

      And fathers.  Just thought I’d throw that in there. 

      “Why aren’t famous fathers ever asked this question?”  Because nobody cares, obviously.  The Patriarchy doesn’t care - most of Western society is predicated on the disposability of men.  Feminism - depending on who you listen to - makes *some* noises in this direction, yet still supports a legal framework that actively punishes fathers for wanting to take a healthy interest in the lives of their children.

      Both versions meanwhile pedestalise Miranda Kerr - for different yet equally evil reasons - as some paragon of feminine virtue, since she “juggles” being a millionaire whose looks give her access to the resources most women could only dream of.

      Is it any wonder us mere mortals get so confused?  Men are faced with a society that permanently has its hand out, asking for his strength, his money and (in some cases) his life, while the feminist alternative ... does exactly the same thing.

      Women, no matter the patriarchy or feminism, are held to this impossible ideal - to either “have it all” as a free, independent woman, or be “barefoot and pregnant”, relegated to a life only in support of “her man”.

      They’re both bullshit.  Can we please, PLEASE just start judging people on their individual merit, without expecting everyone to be fucking perfect?

      Thank you for listening.

    • Chillin says:

      07:31am | 21/02/13

      Working Fathers don’t get any credit here at the Punch Mahhrat.  It’s only women who raise children.  Father’s make no positive contribution to children’s lives.  Only WOMEN do.

    • Borderer says:

      08:29am | 21/02/13

      You forgot to mention they provide bundles of money…. oh wait, that might be mistaken for actually contributing to a child’s life, I withdraw my assertion….

    • Warren says:

      09:49am | 21/02/13

      I’m an angry white man who imagines persecution to justify my endless complaints about women.

    • Chillin says:

      10:18am | 21/02/13

      I’m an angry white woman who imagines persecution to justify my endless complaints about men.

    • Tubesteak says:

      10:36am | 21/02/13

      I think it’s only women’s magazines pitching at a female audience that asks these questions. A male audience is interested in different things (fast cars, hot women - hence the likes of Kerr - fishing, football, cricket, finance etc). Therefore, you don’t see the male-centric media asking these questions. You only see it from the female-centric media because this seems to be what interests women - hence the range of similarly focused female magazines.

      That’s why you don’t get these questions asked of fathers.

      That and the fact that men are just expected to put up and shut up: hand over the money and be thankful princess blesses them with her presence.

    • PsychoHyena says:

      10:38am | 21/02/13

      @Warren, actually Mahhrat’s argument is not about men vs women (obviously you are too blinded to see that) but rather about men and women vs societal perceptions of what men and women aren’t and what men and women should and shouldn’t be able to achieve.

    • Jamo says:

      10:44am | 21/02/13

      Warren, can you tell me the difference between the feminist handbag hit squad who on one hand tell everyone that women are the only ones that do anything worth doing, and then in the next breath try and blame men for everything they fail at? According to Julie bishop, Julia Gillard is one of those people. Remember that Julie is a female and thinks that she hides behind gender to escape criticism. Great message for our prime minister to be sending to women, you can achieve it all, hold powerful decision making decisions and never have to accept any responsibility for it, all you have to do is hope your opposition is a man and label him a mysoginist and then everything becomes his fault. Don’t know what planet you live on warren but before you reply, make sure you run your thoughts passed your wife

    • Jamo says:

      10:52am | 21/02/13

      And Warren, my girl agrees with me 100% and won’t be voting for Gillard because she thinks all this sexist tripe is actually holding women back mate, and I and alot if people agree, it’s just that only some people have the guts to say something about it,

    • St. Michael says:

      11:29am | 21/02/13

      “Women, no matter the patriarchy or feminism, are held to this impossible ideal - to either “have it all” as a free, independent woman, or be “barefoot and pregnant”, relegated to a life only in support of “her man”.”

      To her credit, despite being a lying politician, Julie Bishop refuted that argument.  She put it plainly that women can’t, in fact, have it all, and cited herself as the prime example of that.  You could hear the strangled noises coming from the Hunch’s bullpen in Perth.

    • Shep says:

      06:44am | 21/02/13

      Why on earth did I just waste 2mins reading that venomous little rant. Persecution complex much!

    • Tim says:

      06:52am | 21/02/13

      Someone really doesn’t like Miranda Kerr.

      This article reads like pure, refined jealousy.

    • Anne71 says:

      08:10am | 21/02/13

      And there we have it. Any time a woman dares to criticise another, particularly if the other is famous and “beautiful”, the first woman will be accused of “pure, refined jealousy”.

      For the record, I don’t like Miranda Kerr either. Give me Megan Gale any day, or Tara Moss - at least they have personalities to go with their looks.

    • Chillin says:

      08:45am | 21/02/13

      And there we have it.  Any time a man expresses an opinion of why a woman would publicly attack another (successful) woman he will be criticised for having that opinion.  You think you would be more concerned with supporting women everywhere.

    • AdamC says:

      09:03am | 21/02/13

      Tim, yeah, I wondered what the point of this article was. It seems like an exercise in gratuitous, transparent cattiness. (I was reminded of those two sets of women on MKR last night, slagging each other off!)

      Surely the writer knows the real answer to her fundamental question: why does Miranda Kerr keep banging on about ‘juggling’ her mothering with her modelling?

      If not, I will explain. It is because, despite the fact that our Miranda is vastly (vastly, vastly) more attractive and richer than the average user of her beauty products, or shopper at DJs, she wants you to know that she is really just like your average young mum (or shopper) when it comes right down to it. In other words, she is showing that she can relate to her public.

      It is all BS, of course, but who cares? It hardly seems like something to write a nominally serious article about.

      Unless you are the jealous type, that is.

      Anne71, but the basis of the writer’s criticism is not substantive. It is based on jealousy. So Miranda Kerr has a husband, great looks, a cute baby, lots of money? Why is that a bad thing? She is also very good at cultivating a media persona to flog her products and promote her commercial partners. But how is that a basis for criticism? It is her job, and she is good at it.

      Am I missing something here?

    • Troy Flynn says:

      09:04am | 21/02/13

      Anne71: Really? Megan Gale. A woman so insecure she had to get up and abuse two other women who happened to be discussing their opinion of her in a cafe and had no idea she was even there at the time.

    • Tim says:

      09:07am | 21/02/13

      Anne 71,
      And there we have it. Anytime a woman is correctly accused of jealousy, some other woman will leap to her defence.

      Read the article again, the author is simply complaining that Miranda Kerr is rich, has an apparently easy job and yet the media fawn over her like she’s special.

      Well guess what? The media fawn over her because other women (and some men) seem to care what she’s doing/wearing/saying and have a habit of buying magazines with her picture in it. Deal with it.

    • marley says:

      09:16am | 21/02/13

      @Chillin - why on earth should women support other women just because they’re women?  Do you support Wayne Swan or Lance Armstrong or, god forbid, Kyle Sandilands, just because they’re guys?

      I have opinions on lots of people - and if I think someone is shallow or overrated or just monumentally uninteresting, I’ll say so and gender be damned.

    • Chillin says:

      09:55am | 21/02/13


      Perhaps you missed the sarcasm.  This is the Punch, where we are continuously told women are so superior and so unrecognised.  Then they publish everyone who supports this stance and censor those who point out the holes in their logic (more than surprised mine made it through, but there’s always the post publication censorship). 

      Chrissie Swan is apparently a champion for endangering the health of her child (in some idiotic parallel universe this is a good thing) and Kyle Sandilands is the devil incarnate because he calls a ‘writer’ a fat slag and we hear about that in every single publication the company owns and a half dozen times here.  No one seemed to include that the fat slag criticised him.  So it’s okay for her to be a bitch and since she can’t defend the return of fire herself, the banshees around the place drag out their pitchforks and burning torches.

      When one of their OWN criticises another female, the silence is deafening. 

      A male can’t say such things.
      A female can.

      Logic fail.

    • Tim says:

      09:56am | 21/02/13

      Adam C,
      thank you for putting it better than me. Agree completely.

      If the author wanted to talk about unrealistic expectations on mothers or media obsession of celebrity mums then the snarky comments about Kerr in the article weren’t needed and completely detracted from her points

    • marley says:

      11:35am | 21/02/13

      @chillin - as I recall, the “fat bitch” said Kyle’s ratings had dropped.  Which they had.  That was about the extent of it.  So, I have no problem with people thinking Kyle was a complete jerk for overreacting.  I’d think exactly the same if some feminist went on a rampage about an innocuous comment by a guy.  I don’t see why everything has to be painted in terms of gender.  Lots of us are grown up, and judge people by what they are.  It’s not “betraying the side” if we criticise someone of our own gender, colour, religion or political leanings, and it’s not necessarily a feminist/racist/religious/political rant if we criticise someone of the opposite gender.

    • Jamo says:

      11:36am | 21/02/13

      @ Marley, I agree that no one should support other people purely based on gender. I don’t care either, as an example Gillard is bloody hopeless and I don’t care that she is a woman. On the other hand Julia landed the job because of being a woman in the basis that the labor party would pick up female votes based on the fact that .....that’s right because she is a woman. Bad mistake by the labor party as we now know but the tactic did work for a while. I know alot if women don’t fall for this, because not all women fall for the ‘sister hood’ diatribe, but alot do, and I don’t think anyone could really argue with that. Just give us some honest leaders please, who gives a shit what gender they are. If it offends you that you feel as though the backlash against the sisterhood refers to you (which it doesn’t) remover that according to the ‘sisterhood’, you belong to them. This explains why the sisterhood is not actually all its cracked up to be, because it bundles all women into one basket and all men into another. Just sayin

    • Chillin says:

      12:54pm | 21/02/13


      Nobody called her a ‘fat bitch’.  She was called a ‘fat slag’.

      “It’s the latest outburst from controversial Sydney commercial radio host Kyle Sandilands, sounding off on air about News Limited journalist Alison Stephenson who had criticised his new television show.”

      Rebecca Baillie ABC Reporter seems to think she criticised.

      “Within minutes of the radio duo’s highly anticipated program A Night With The Stars going to air, fans had already taken to Twitter to pronounce the 90-minute special “awkward” and a “disaster.” “

      “Billed as a night of “memorable and outrageous celebrity interviews,” Kyle and Jackie O’s one-off special which was filmed in Los Angeles last week, stayed true to the brief for all the wrong reasons.”

      “Memorable? Yes. Most probably for the Seven execs who won’t forget the viewer feedback next time Kyle comes knocking on their door asking for a television slot.”

      “which may have left the parents of some young fans asking serious questions about taste and appropriateness.”

      “However, what cannot be criticized was the pair’s ability to pull in the big names.”

      Why even Alison Stephenson herself describes it as criticism and criticises it herself.

      “as I recall, the “fat bitch” said Kyle’s ratings had dropped.  Which they had.  That was about the extent of it.  “

      Hardly an accurate assessment of the event.

      “I don’t see why everything has to be painted in terms of gender.”

      Strange.  I must need to pay closer attention to your posts because I haven’t once seen you pull up a Punch writer for ‘painting everything in terms of gender’.

      If you think I am emotionally involved in this or some how disenchanted, then you couldn’t be more wrong.  I am happy to point out great hypocrisy though.

    • Jamo says:

      02:53pm | 21/02/13

      @ marley, in the ‘naughty male swimmers’ article, which is closed for reply, you point the finger at the boys saying maybe the boys would have performed better if they weren’t ‘stuffing’ around or focused on their job. Any idea what the girls should have been doing instead of flirting around with the dream team ? Maybe supporting the team. I think all the swimmers boys and girls need to get over themselves but you like alot of people are trying to blame the boys, after all they did make a couple of prank calls. Poor girls. You said that you don’t fall for the feminist sisterhood diatribe but you actually prove Chillin to be correct. Can you also tell me how nugent would have got on if he told the girls they should be focusing on the swim team rather than flirting with the US basketball team. I reckon he would have lambasted for being a control freak of a man and picking on the women. So he probably just did the safest thing a man can do these days and just said nothing. After all he is a coach, not a bloody baby sitter and the entire swim team needs to grow up, boys and girls, swim fast or be booted of the team. Your arguments actually prove alot of what you are arguing against. Sorry but true

    • Rickster says:

      03:07pm | 21/02/13

      @ Anne 71…..  Meow scratch your eyes out!

    • Alice Smith says:

      06:55am | 21/02/13

      Being a parent in hardwork. It is also rewarding.

    • S.L says:

      06:58am | 21/02/13

      It’s very comfortable under that rock!
      I didn’t know she was here and I don’t care!
      Like with Brangelina you depict her as a “supermum” but if the pic showed a wider angle I bet there’s an army of Nanies waiting to take junior off her delicate hands….............

    • ramases says:

      07:13am | 21/02/13

      Do I sense a bit of envy there, not quite up to Amanda’s standard, hubby prefers looking at her to you, hmmm, I smell sour grapes.
        I would rather hear about Amanda Kerr than that stupid mannequin Kate and her “baby bump”. At least Kerr works for a living and doesn’t expect the public to fund her every waking moment. At least she has a personality unlike the Kate and her manufactured presence.
        Miranda has shown she is smart and knows how to make a living using her god given, as far as we know, assets to sell herself, is able to juggle several things at once unlike Kate who always looks as though she would be flat out talking and breathing at the same time, has the personality of a door knob and makes anorexics look positively fat.
        It always surprises me that ordinary people get such a vivacious thrill out of reading about other peoples lives that are so exciting compared to their own.
        Are people so dull and dim-witted not to realise that papers and the media generally use this ploy to sell useless magazines to the gullible who’s mundane lives seem to revolve around what this or that celebrity is or is not doing. What a world we live in when this seems to be the norm for a large majority of people.

    • Emma says:

      07:39am | 21/02/13

      And your view of Kateis completely unrelated to recent media coverage of the very public rant of a certain author?

    • Lyla says:

      09:29am | 21/02/13

      Who’s Amanda Kerr?

    • ramases says:

      10:00am | 21/02/13

      Emma, if you check I said all that that author said weeks before she said it and I stand by it, have a nice day sweetie.

    • Chillin says:

      07:14am | 21/02/13

      Good to see women bringing down other women.  You can’t help yourselves.

    • Jack says:

      08:36am | 21/02/13

      And of course it’s sexist if a women of power like Gillard is judged on her poor dress sense or fat backside, unlike men. Hold on, it is the women that are wining about these irrelevant issues, so the real sexists and cause of these irrelevant discussions are the same people that complain that women of power are judge on these issues. The good old woman’s abuse of men that is has nothing to do with men and everything to do with their irrationality.

    • Chillin says:

      09:06am | 21/02/13


      They don’t even recognise the irrationality of their thought process.  Right here on the Punch, we hear the monotonous prattle about how women are paid less, apparently work harder, are the only ones who raise a family, should be allowed to feed their baby whilst crossing the street, should be allowed to smoke whilst pregnant, are so unrecognised, so under valued and so poorly treated.  Yet when one of their own is successful, someone else backstabs them and the rest of them sit there stupidly silent.

      It’s not men per se, feminists hate everyone who put more effort in or are more successful than them.  It’s easier to hate than place effort into improving yourself.

    • Woodsy says:

      09:47am | 21/02/13

      Reminds me of a great comment I saw the other day:

      “Don’t try to understand women. Women understand women and they hate each other”.

    • Jen says:

      11:17am | 21/02/13

      Wow, I bet the likes Chillin and Woodsy actually think they like women. Sad.

    • Appleton says:

      11:54am | 21/02/13

      Lucky men never have anything critical to say about men! Whatever would happen to the patriarchy?

    • gof says:

      12:20pm | 21/02/13

      #Jen ,
      “Wow, I bet the likes Chillin and Woodsy actually think they like women. Sad.”
      Well we know who they look up to as a leader #Jen, so you really couldn’t expect anything less!
      I love all women, without them I would have nowhere to park at night!

    • Chillin says:

      12:58pm | 21/02/13

      Wow, I bet Jen has no clue and obviously nothing constructive to say.  Sad.

    • Sam says:

      07:30am | 21/02/13

      “you really must have been living under a rock”

      I live under a rock, and it is such a great rock. It insulates me from knowing that Ms Kerr has been asked the same parenting question many times, but is yet to vary her answer. Other rocks around me are chipped which is a shame, for some of the people under them seem to envy my rock. Although I I will admit I was lucky and found myself with a great rock from the start, I have worked hard I get up and polish it each day to bring out it’s shine.

      Sometimes it seems I can never sit and enjoy my rocks homliness for many weeks at a time. That is the price I pay, but I guess it is just easier for others to condem my initial luck just and whine about my rock rather than work on their rocks chips.

    • Emma says:

      07:31am | 21/02/13

      Always interesting to see how they turn out once they reach their teenage years or early twenties – if they havent died off an overdose before then. And what makes them think that just because mommy and daddy made their money as movie stars they can just become famous as well? I just recently saw pictures of Victoria Beckhams son modelling for Burberry…

    • Bris Jack says:

      07:36am | 21/02/13

      Go ask every day working mums how they manage such an extraordinary task.
      see how many readers you attract.
      Woman’s Day sell 3,800 copies a week so somebody must be reading the blah blah and I imagine it is the every day working mum fantasizing.

    • Chillin says:

      07:39am | 21/02/13

      I agree Petra, why do the media ask the same moronic question over and over again?  Lack of ability?  Sheep that follows the rest of flock?  No imagination?  No individual thought process?

      “...Orlando Bloom would be lucky to have to balance family with anything at the moment, given his apparent lack of film career…”

      Zulu - post-production 2013
      The Hobbit: There and Back Again post-production 2014
      Cities -  pre-production 2014

      I wonder how many actor’s would love to have this much ‘lack of film career’.

    • Troy Flynn says:

      09:32am | 21/02/13

      Legolas is in the Hobbit movies? I thought it was just Elron and Galadriel. I’ve never actually read the books so I didn’t know but does that mean we get to see Liv Tyler again? Yes please!

    • St. Michael says:

      02:24pm | 21/02/13

      Oh what they’re remaking Zulu? With *him* in it? Noooooooo….

    • Alfie says:

      07:54am | 21/02/13

      “If you somehow missed the Kerr-pocalypse that engulfed Australian media over the last two weeks you really must have been living under a rock.”

      *Alf peeks out from under rock.*

    • Gordon says:

      08:18am | 21/02/13

      Yes Alfie, I’m with you. Must be pretty big rock hey?

    • Chillin says:

      08:41am | 21/02/13

      What’s a little exaggeration between journalists these days?  Remember the “Darkest Day in the History of Australian Sport”, it’s like that.

    • Bitten says:

      08:02am | 21/02/13

      You’re wondering why there’s such a fascination with celebrity mums? Ask your peers, you twit! Someone’s buying those magazines and I ain’t seen a male carrying one around yet.

      Oh, and yay on the venom directed at someone who has done you absolutely no harm, but happens to be young, beautiful and in the public eye. Clearly that’s the most offensive thing you can do to the average woman - be prettier than her and have more people oohing at you.

      Women =\= substance if the last few articles are any indication.

    • Emma says:

      08:24am | 21/02/13

      Men might not buy the magazines but as soon as they see one on my desk they take it and I can hear mumbled comments like “OMG Scarlett Johannsen in a bikini” which – no matter how quietly spoken – seems to be heard by all other males in the room and then I never see my mag again….

    • Chillin says:

      08:38am | 21/02/13

      “never see my mag again”

      Sounds completely believable.

    • Troy Flynn says:

      09:16am | 21/02/13

      Yes Emma, but the fact is Scarlett was in a bikini. That is the only reason it disappeared. Would be the same for any attractive woman in a womans magazine. What, you think the guys are actually reading the articles?

    • VVS says:

      09:44am | 21/02/13

      @ Emma

      Wait, wait, wait! Hang on a second - you’re telling us that there is a magazine out there with pics of Scarlet Johannsen in a bikini in it???

      One minute whilst I consult Google images… better make it ten…

    • Chillin says:

      10:08am | 21/02/13

      And of course, women NEVER pour over the magazines looking at men.

    • Tim says:

      10:21am | 21/02/13

      why would they take your magazine when 2 seconds on the internet will get you pics of Johansson nude?

    • Chillin says:

      10:22am | 21/02/13


      You taking a seven minute nap afterwards?

    • Bitten says:

      10:33am | 21/02/13

      @Emma: Thank you for backing me up there. Women buy these magazines, and thereby fuel the cycle of ‘omg there’s a picture of Pink carrying her baby how fascinating/oh why do we care so much about celebrities it’s a shame’ in perpetuity.

      But don’t let the facts and the whole actions/consequences thing get in the way of a good old wail on the part of the author about how dreadful it is being a woman these days wink

    • Emma says:

      11:28am | 21/02/13


      I am totally fine with the fact that I buy those magazines sometimes. I think it is all a matter of choice. A lot of amazing actors/musicians have perfectly private lives. But when you put yourself out there then you cant really complain when people criticise you. Its not like its a new concept. Its like picking up smoking and then whinging that it isnt good for you.

      Why I read them sometimes I cant even quite say. I read them when I wait at the airport or doctors office or sometimes at lunch. I think its convenient because you know the “characters” and every story is easily read in 3 minutes. I have my kindle with me as well most of the time, but I struggle getting into the mood of my book over lunch. But what I read in those magazines is forgotten within 30 seconds. So there is no major fascination. It just simply fulfills a girl’s unexplainable desire for a bit of bitching. I dont like bitching about my colleagues or people that are actually in my life and that I care about. Thats why these magazines are ideal. They provide you with a target. And since I dont know these people I dont feel much guilt or responsibility. I am not saying that is the right thing to do. Just trying to explain.

    • Philosopher says:

      11:32am | 21/02/13

      @Bitten, the correct mathematical symbol for ‘not equal to’ is an equal sign (=) with a forward slash bisecting it. Your symbol resembles a pair of squinting eyes. If you could not import the correct symbol, you should have instead used a verbal designation. Otherwise, as always, I liked your post smile

    • VVS says:

      11:44am | 21/02/13

      @ Chillin

      No, I like to whisper sweet nothings to my monitor first… otherwise it’s just cheap and nasty smile

    • Tim says:

      12:44pm | 21/02/13

      if you are limited to ASCII or programming in certain languages then Bitten’s =/= is still correct even though the slash is around the wrong way.

      I’m partial to using a bit of <> myself but each to their own.

    • PsychoHyena says:

      01:32pm | 21/02/13

      @Tim, I’m a fan of != but in the languages I use at work it’s <>.

    • Philosopher says:

      01:47pm | 21/02/13

      Thanks Tim, I stand corrected! In your debt… sorry Bitten

    • Jim Moriarty says:

      02:36pm | 21/02/13


      I bought an issue of Girlfriend last year so I could put the poster of Jedward in it up on the wall of my office during Eurovision.

      And now any respect anyone had for me is gone.

    • Jim Moriarty says:

      08:19am | 21/02/13

      There’s a lot of us here under this rock.

      Am I the only one who thinks Orlando Bloom is not attractive at all? He was hot in Lord of the Rings, but as soon as the elf ears and wig was gone, so was the magic. He is really punching above his weight with Miranda Kerr.

    • Rebecca says:

      08:56am | 21/02/13

      Well I’m sure you’re not the only one, but I certainly think he’s attractive! Good lord, those eyes….

    • VVS says:

      09:50am | 21/02/13

      Can;t comment on looks, but Orlando gets a pass from me because he was hilarious in Ricky Gervais’ Extras a few years back, playing himself.

      Chucking a hissy fit because, despite being voted Sexiest Man Alive, the main female is not interested in him and thinks Johhny Depp is a dream.

    • Carolyn says:

      10:12am | 21/02/13

      I agree Jim. He’s no Simon Verhoeven.

      Or Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

    • LJ Dots says:

      10:28am | 21/02/13

      Punching above his weight? I think it may be the other way round Jim.

      Orlando looks just fine to me. Miranda on the other hand seems to have a certain asymmetric look about her. Sure she is attractive and maybe it’s just me and my eyesight, but I’m still surprised at the ‘supermodel’ status.

    • Kika says:

      10:42am | 21/02/13

      I actually think the opposite - I think Miranda is punching above her weight. She can look pretty in some shots but others she looks strange… I don’t think she’s that good looking at all. Jennifer Hawkins is way prettier (albeit after all her surgery she’s had - chin, nose etc).

    • Jim Moriarty says:

      01:18pm | 21/02/13

      @All replies

      I don’t know, he just looks really… wrong for some reason. Like Peeta in the Hunger Games. Like all the bits are there, but they’re just in the wrong place.

      Speaking of the Hunger Games, if I had to go for a woman it would be Katniss. Balls of steel on that girl.

    • Neil says:

      08:28am | 21/02/13

      She did some nude photos. Therefore she is cool by me.

      I don’t recall seeing anything where she said she’s awesome because she works and has to be a mother who doesn’t have to do it tough.

    • Rebecca says:

      08:32am | 21/02/13

      So, in summary: “A celebrity is getting media attention for their everyday activities and I don’t like it”.


    • W J Craig (Mrs) says:

      09:34am | 21/02/13

      I, too, must have been living under my nice Designer designed Rock for I have never, ever heard of this person! Mind you, I don’t read those Magazines for the Brain-dead, so insultingly for Womankind called “Women’s Magazines” so it is hardly surprising. Is it?
      If she is English then maybe when she gets back there she could have a little chat with Kate Middleton & tell her to stop bludging on the British, & other, Taxpayers and get back to work even if it as vapid & crass as the work Miranda does!
      “Tis amazing isn’t it? David Jones & Myer are bleating continuously about how tough things are in the Retail Industry, their profits are going down the drain yet they squander untold millions on, let’s face it, what are really only walking mannequins such as the dummies they put in their windows and are, reportedly, about as empty-headed.
      Who cares what these people have got to say? Who really cares if they are beautiful or ugly? Believe it or not there are many out here in the real world who don’t think these so-called beauties are beautiful. As a certain male actor said about a certain (from the same stick-like mannequin mould) female one when he was asked what it was like doing a romantic scene with her replied :
      “It would be more exciting making love to a piece of 4x2”
      Why the hell are we wasting time over this piece of fluff?
      Have we become every bit as vapid & as big a waste of space as them?

    • Jen says:

      09:40am | 21/02/13

      There is a reason they don’t let Miranda give many interviews. Looks good, can’t talk. THank God she got herself a prop otherwise there’d be very little to talk about.

    • Kika says:

      10:45am | 21/02/13

      Ahaha yeah my sister said the same thing. She needs elocution lessons definitely!

    • Tim says:

      03:14pm | 21/02/13

      I don’t think most men want to sit down with her for a deep and meaningful conversation.

    • JC says:

      09:44am | 21/02/13

      Seems I’ve been living under a rock. Must be a nice rock cos I live under it a lot smile
      As for working mums, I work along side several working mums & watching them balance work & family makes me dizzy some days. No sign of nannies, PAs, just a partner (not always) & helpful family members & friends who may also be doing the same balancing act.
      Miranda Kerr is nothing special which is probalby why I didn’t venture out from my comfy rock to note here presence in Australia.

    • JC says:

      09:44am | 21/02/13

      Seems I’ve been living under a rock. Must be a nice rock cos I live under it a lot smile
      As for working mums, I work along side several working mums & watching them balance work & family makes me dizzy some days. No sign of nannies, PAs, just a partner (not always) & helpful family members & friends who may also be doing the same balancing act.
      Miranda Kerr is nothing special which is probalby why I didn’t venture out from my comfy rock to note here presence in Australia.

    • jaki says:

      09:54am | 21/02/13

      When oh when will women stop their whinging and bitching about
      other women ?
      Give me the company of men any day !

    • Jackie says:

      10:28am | 21/02/13

      Petra, maybe if she & other celeb Mums bother you so much you should just ignore them, dont read the trash mags, avoid the gossip sites & just get along with your own life. Trust me its much easier that way.

    • Kika says:

      10:55am | 21/02/13

      I think the main point here is about Miranda and the obsession with her as being some kind of oddity in being a working mum. I don’t think models work. I’m not going to lie to you. I don’t like Miranda. Yes I don’t know her, but the way she shows off about how ‘together’ she is and how good she was at pregnancy and breastfeeding and now juggling Flynn with her career.. On top of that how she only eats organic and does Bikram Yoga in the Andes with the Dalai Lama…
      Miranda, we get it. You are perfect. We should ALL be like you.

      I don’t think she’s the sharpest tool in the shed. I’ll give her credit for that.

      Shanina Shaik is way prettier than Miranda in my opinion.

    • Chillin says:

      11:39am | 21/02/13

      Perhaps they should ask her different questions.

    • kitteh says:

      11:57am | 21/02/13

      Personally, I find Kerr’s comments quite entertaining. Whenever she says some trite crap about noni juice being soooo good for you (even though it can damage your liver and is incredibly high in sugar) or liquid chlorophyll containing amino acids (as if red meat doesn’t) I have an elitist little snigger to myself. Note to Kerr (who is undoubtedly reading this, I’m sure): ‘studying’ at an ‘academy’ of natural health doesn’t make you a nutritionist. It makes you a sucker, and when you present your ‘knowledge’ as fact in the media, it makes you a fraud as well. Alternative medicine has its place - in the hands of someone who actually understands the ‘medicine’ part.

    • Rock dweller says:

      12:46pm | 21/02/13

      “On top of that how she only eats organic and does Bikram Yoga in the Andes with the Dalai Lama”

      The good bit is it took me until you said Dalai Lama to know you were being sarcastic.

    • Sam says:

      11:00am | 21/02/13

      Can someone please tell me why these models get paid millions of dollars for doing, lets face it, nothing but getting dressed into some overpriced clothes and getting your pickie taken ? How hard is it to walk down a runway , turn a round, and walk back ? I see people everyday walking, turning and walking some more, and I have actually seen mums walking with a pram, and with a few moer kids hanging off the handles, these women get dressed but they dont get millions of dollars.

      This is why I am stunned by the number of idiots who talk about the latest episode of the latest who wants to be a top model show. I am astounded that not only is this dribble actually made into a TV show but people actually watch it !

      And as a bloke I would like to agree 100% with the author of this piece, Petra! A model who gets paid incredible sums of money somehow manages to survive with a child, a model who can do nothing but workout all day after having the baby whilst the nanny looks after the child, and a personal chef prepares the meals and the maid scrubs the loo   ! Why reporters seem to think that she is news is beyond me, and why women buy those ridiculous womens magazines , then saying to each other “Oh doesnt such and such look good after just having a baby, How does she do it ?”  For goodness sake, stop buying the magazines and stop worshiping people who earn their money for being born pretty, walking, and wearing clothes.

    • Baloo says:

      11:04am | 21/02/13

      The rock must be Uluru with the amount of people living under it.

    • LJ Dots says:

      11:52am | 21/02/13

      Baloo - (and everyone else already under this rock), please scoot over and make some room, we have a lot of people to fit in.

      Until these renovations and expansions are complete, we’ve just got to make do with what we’ve got.

    • W J Craig (Mrs) says:

      01:18pm | 21/02/13

      No! Baloo! It’s not! I had mine Specially Designed for me by….oooops…I’d better not say who it was, but believe me it (no gender identification here) was one of those silly people who allegedly design clothes for the likes of Miranda & Jennifer. Clothes which are usually ugly & impractical .

    • Modern Primitive says:

      11:36am | 21/02/13

      Anyone else think Kerr is a strange looking thing?>

    • Traxster says:

      11:44am | 21/02/13

      I’ve read most of these ‘comments’ aka, snide remarks
      and I’m reminded of that old song that used to be sung by Kermit The Frog…
      what was the name of it again ??
      Oh yeah that’s right it’s called’‘’‘
      “It’s Not Easy Being Green “............
      Ya jealous buggers !!

    • Troy Flynn says:

      12:52pm | 21/02/13

      Good thing she’s not gay or you’d have to reference “Rainbow Connection”.

    • James1 says:

      01:07pm | 21/02/13

      “Obviously I’m joking. If you somehow missed the Kerr-pocalypse that engulfed Australian media over the last two weeks you really must have been living under a rock.”

      I found out who this woman is while reading this article.  I had never heard of her before, let alone in the last few weeks.  I read lots of newspapers, and watch ABC24 and Sky constantly.

    • W J Craig (Mrs) says:

      01:32pm | 21/02/13

      That poor, poor Miranda! her life is SOOOOO hard!!
      She has her Trophy Baby, her Nannies & heaven knows what other staff.
      She reminds me of that very old man Elton John. He got a child & guess what? It lives in a completely different building to it’s alleged fathers! Some Parenting that is, don’t you think?
      One of my sisters had 6 children (pre-TV days), held down a Full-Time Job, ran her home, had no servants & the rest of the family lived too far away to be of immediate help. She was lucky in her employers, who also had a large family, for they did not, as happened in those days not so long ago, sack her when she got pregnant & had a few days off when she came to Term.
      Why don’t Miranda & Kate Middleton….ooops, sorry she has some sort of English title now doesn’t she?....stop carrying on like pampered, pouting princesses just because they were or are pregnant & get themselves Real Jobs? Pregnancy, girls, is NOT an Illness. You have no excuse for not working in proper jobs right up to the day before birthing. Millions of real women do exactly that!

    • Mik says:

      06:50pm | 21/02/13

      Have seen women in os country tie themselves to trees to work their little hillside vege plots, regardless of stage of pregnancy or age of children. Tough lives and admirable women but to them it is just life.

    • Tim the Toolman says:

      01:43pm | 21/02/13

      “If you somehow missed the Kerr-pocalypse that engulfed Australian media over the last two weeks you really must have been living under a rock. “

      Umm, yeah, ok, I’ve been living under a rock like the others.  I don’t really keep track of people I don’t know though.  That sounds kind of creepy.

    • AJ in Perth says:

      02:39pm | 21/02/13

      the bank just phoned, they want my rock back ... anyone under a rock around here where I can crash for a little whit?

    • Rickster says:

      03:03pm | 21/02/13

      I must be living under a rock, never heard a thing and her being quite easy on the eyes she usually has my full attention, must be that I’ve stopped watching free to air TV because of the magnificent programms,shows like The Block, and Master Chef….just riverting stuff!

    • PG says:

      03:31pm | 21/02/13

      “It’s true that being a mother is a tough job no matter how famous or wealthy you are, but if we could all stop pretending that celebrity mums have “got it all worked out”, maybe it would help to ease the pressure on the rest of us.”

      The only people pretending that are you morons in the media who write it

    • Ben says:

      04:44pm | 21/02/13

      You can add me to the saxicolous list.


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