January Jones and her baby bump are becoming two of my favorite people in Hollywood.
You’ll recall that not too long ago, the Mad Men star raised eyebrows by proclaiming that girls in her high school were mean to her because she’s pretty; not exactly towing the beautiful-celebrity line, which generally dictates either insisting that you were hideously unattractive in high school, or reminding the public that it takes hours of hair and make-up to make you look as stunning as you do.
Now, Jones is proudly walking around town with a baby bump…and no baby daddy in sight. But Jones is neither attempting to keep her pregnancy under wraps, nor is she screaming about it from the rooftops. There are no explanations, no excuses, no defensiveness about her decision to carry a child on her own, and her calm silence brings something we rarely see in the media — an indication that she has nothing to prove, and no one to prove it to.
This is particularly remarkable since the choice that she’s making is one that could easily be a lightening rod. The mere mention of single motherhood brings the right-wing media to a frothy, raging boil, and no doubt some lefties would like her be louder about her non-traditional parenthood decision.
But too often women are forced to explain their private choices, or to make them political and/or public in the name of making a point. Instead, it’s nice to be reminded that sometimes, quietly and unapologetically living the life you want to live is the strongest statement we can make. Jones, so far, is doing that admirably.