Hilary Duff needs no introduction at this point. The iconic Lizzie McGuire star is still reaping success on the beloved TV series Younger and is clearly living her best life. She recently got engaged to her long-term boyfriend and had what I'm pretty sure is the cutest baby that's ever lived.
Her success as both an actress and a mother, however, still hasn't deterred trolls from nitpicking her every move (especially where her kids are involved). This week, Duff revealed on social media that she'd had her infant's ears pierced, and it caused an altogether unnecessary uproar.
On her Instagram Story, Duff showed the world Banks' rapidly growing hair — and noted another new change in her appearance.
"She has enough hair for a pony!" Duff exclaimed in this Story update. "Oh and yes we pierced her ears."
As I'm sure Duff had already expected, this is the point at which the internet exploded with unwarranted parenting advice and mom-shaming commentary.
Ear-piercing controversy aside, it's time for mom-shaming online to take a backseat for the rest of eternity.
Not only is it no one's business how other people decide to raise their kids (social media only makes it seem that way), but let's not dismiss that mom-shaming is sexism at its core. Don't buy it? You ever heard anyone use the term "dad-shaming"? LOL, no.
Mom-shaming exists because, societally speaking, we still don't trust women to make the "right" choices for themselves, nor for their children. Men aren't held equally accountable for the ways their kids are treated because women are expected to be perfect housekeepers who not only serve as the primary caregivers for the kids but also keep the home in check. All total baloney.
You do you, Hilary. Banks can take out her earrings when she's older if she doesn't like them (she probably won't).