Matt Lauer Is a Sexist Douchebag

Well, the Today Show finally did it. They finally broke me.I actually yelled SHUT UP at the TV in the waiting room of my doctor’s office:

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I think my favorite part, aside from how he asks her to talk about sex with her husband and then shames her for talking about it (“I’m blushing, I’m blushing”) is when he basically asks why she didn’t quit the Olympics because she knew she had had sex and therefore might be pregnant.

Lauer asked whether the couple considered perhaps waiting to try to expand their family until after the Olympics. With a laugh, Walsh Jennings replied that restraint “only lasts so long.”

“I just felt like it would take me a while this time to get pregnant for some reason,” she said. “So a month before, we’re like, ‘Should we start trying?’ I had never experienced morning sickness. We were in Gstaad, Switzerland, one of my favorite places, our favorite places, in the world … we decided just to get going on the process.”

“Apprently we’re very fertile,” she said before covering her eyes with embarrassment.

Dr. Nancy Snyderman, NBC’s chief medical editor, says competing at the games did not increase Walsh Jennings’ risk of pregnancy complications.

“The risk that she put to herself and fetus was zero to none,” she said.

Five weeks into a pregnancy, fetuses are tiny, well protected and “very, very, very hearty[sic],” Snyderman says.

“The embryo is microscopic. It’s just implanted in the lining of the uterus,” Snyderman says. “It would take an act of God to dislodge it, not a bump on the tummy, not a dive.”

Well thank God NBC’s “chief medical editor” (please tell me there isn’t more than one “medical editor” because I’ve been told journalism is in trouble financially) weighed in to tell us that this woman and her doctor and her husband made a smart decision, because otherwise I’m sure we’d have some fucking busybody in the comments second-guessing her every move OH WAIT:

ill never understand the concept of “trying” to have a baby. it’s not like you build up enough sperm and suddenly it happens. it can happen the first day you try. good for her, but she shouldve waited until after the olympics to “try”. glad the baby is healthy.

Someone please explain the male and female reproductive systems to this idiot. And take away his/her car keys. I don’t need anybody that stupid on the road with me.

I mean, how dare she win a gold medal while carrying a baby! Sit at home and sip weak decaf tea and watch soap operas while you’re knocked up, ladies! Don’t work or drive or walk too fast. Don’t do anything but eat and sleep! After all, you’re pregnant, so you’re done accomplishing things now! If you need achievement, try living through your husband’s and kids’ accomplishments. That never goes badly.

A.

8 thoughts on “Matt Lauer Is a Sexist Douchebag

  1. Ripley says:

    Sit at home and sip weak decaf tea and watch soap operas while you’re knocked up, ladies! Don’t work or drive or walk too fast. Don’t do anything but eat and sleep!
    That’s actually very close to one of the main themes of Dianetics, i.e., even spoken words around a pregnant woman can influence the baby, psychologically, for the rest of its life. I can see avoiding strenuous activities in the latter part of the pregnancy, but are women supposed to float in a deprivation chamber for 40 weeks now? Yeesh…
    Secondly, is this really an “OMG! Human Interest!” story or is The Today Show just running out of ideas?

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  2. MapleStreet says:

    At some point I have to ask if there aren’t questions that are none of my business and too personal to ask (even with a good friend who is pregnant).
    As far as medically, the standard advice when there aren’t extenuating factors, is that if you are doing something before getting pregnant. you can keep doing it as long as it doesn’t cause problems (of course, within reason). The article is right about the early phases of pregnancy and the child being well protected.
    Medically, sitting back and watching soap operas / avoiding exercise is bad as it not only weakens the person as much as it would a non-pregnant person, but it can cause complications as the muscles get out of tone just at the point when the weight and weight distribution of the infant are requiring you to work harder. In short, reasonable exercise is good.
    If anything, some of her body’s resources were going to the child which could hurt her athletic performance. But you said she took the gold.

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  3. m says:

    Watch the husband @ 4:10. He CLEARLY is giving Matt the finger. He even had to try 2 times to fidget with his pocket in order to do it.

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  4. NTodd says:

    There’s a reason Victorians put the woman “in a family way” up in her apartments away from everybody else. They’re very delicate, and a little bit icky.

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  5. mothra says:

    Actually, my problem with the whole interview is the doctor saying it would take an “Act of God” to dislodge the embryo. Thank you, chief medical editor, for bolstering the “right to life” crowd.

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  6. That’s funny because I saw this interview in the gym yesterday and it didn’t seem offensive at all. Of course, the sound was off.
    That helps make Fox News more palatable, too.

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  7. Actually, my problem with the whole interview is the doctor saying it would take an “Act of God” to dislodge the embryo.
    Although maybe Todd Akin learned that the female body doesn’t, in fact, have a way to “shut that whole thing down,” even in the throes of Olympic gold medal competition.
    LOL.

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  8. pansypoo says:

    a pox on morning teevee. a pox on fucking teevees EVERYWHERE.

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