Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema, who recently refused to answer questions about her personal life, is not alone in thinking such questions are inappropriate -- and rarely asked of her male counterparts. Others have complained that men aren't asked about their plans for marriage and children. But a new celebrity interview suggests that media outlets may finally start asking women and men the same questions.
In an interview with Time Out magazine this week, 23-year-old "Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe shared his thoughts on parenthood. (The full piece is not available online.)
I definitely want to have kids. I’ve grown up around lots of people who were having kids when I knew them, because a lot of them were a lot older than me. And I saw the wonderful change in them. I see that it gives you a sense of purpose that up till now I only really get from work. I want that. I don’t know when or [with whom] but I want it. And I’d like to get started on it before my thirties.
As Homa Khaleeli of the Guardian points out, we don't know if Radcliffe was directly asked about his plans or if he volunteered the information without prompting. But if we're going to ask celebrities about their personal lives, it's certainly a nice change for men to address the same topics.
Perhaps if more highly visible men do the same, we'll be one step closer to ending the idea of the personal sphere as female and the professional sphere as male.