Izziwotnot & Blogger Friends Hit Back At “Insulting” Dolce & Gabbana25Mar
Here at Izziwotnot, we were outraged by the insulting comments made by Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce about babies born through IVF.
If you missed what they said, the pair described IVF babies as ‘synthetic’ and claimed that they believed in ‘traditional families’ instead.
No matter how a child is brought into this world, we believe that each and every one is special and far from ‘synthetic’, and is there anything more traditional than parents loving and caring for their baby?
Their comments sparked outrage with thousands of people committing to boycotting the brand and their products, including Elton John and Ellen DeGeneres.
We spoke to some of our favourite mummy bloggers, who have gone through IVF, to find out their thoughts on what the pair had to say:
Caro from The Twinkle Diaries
To say it shows a complete lack of understanding of the IVF process is an understatement. Whilst IVF can help some women conceive a much yearned for child, it’s not guaranteed. There still has to be that little bit of magic — a biological miracle, that can’t be orchestrated synthetically — where a fertilised egg successfully implants into the mother’s womb.
For countless people, IVF is a miraculous lifeline. Literally. And the children born through this amazing technology are so wanted and so loved; they are an absolute blessing and should never be labelled as anything else.
Jess from Mummy of Boy Girl Twins
I was, along with many other families, shocked and upset by the comments made by Dolce & Gabbana regarding IVF. To make such an all-encompassing statement was senseless and inappropriate.
Until you have been through the pain and anguish of years of infertility – you cannot comment on IVF. It feels as though a large part of you is always missing; it affects your relationship, friendships, work, confidence – and in my case my mental health. I became very depressed as a result of not being able to become a Mother naturally.
IVF finally brought us our twins, Harry & Lottie. They have enriched my life. They make me feel complete. For years I was searching for my family and (thankfully) IVF brought them. They are my world. The love that I feel on a daily basis I cannot put into words. Is that synthetic? I very much beg to differ.
Emily from Twin Mummy and Daddy
I think Dolce and Gabbana's comments are completely out of order. I believe in freedom of speech, but I think when you're in the position that they're in - in the public eye as much as they are - there needs to be a level of responsibility about what they say.
Families come in all shapes and sizes. IVF is just giving couples the chance to create their own families when they aren't able to do so naturally. There's nothing 'synthetic' about children born as a result of IVF. They're still made from blood, bones, fat and muscles. All of the things that every human being is made of, including Dolce and Gabbana.
We’d like to thank each of these bloggers for sharing their thoughts and IVF stories, and would love to hear your opinions. Let us know what you think and tweet us @Izziwotnot.