Sarah Silverman responds to conservative's suggestion that single women without children are 'bio-chemically' affected

A conservative pundit has made the controversial suggestion that women who don’t marry or have children are affected “bio-chemically.”

Candace Owens, the conservative writer and activist recently endorsed by Kanye West, singled out comedians Sarah Silverman, Chelsea Handler, and Kathy Griffin in her tweet about the “interesting theory” regarding single, childless women. (Griffin, incidentally, was married from 2001 to 2006.)


Owens’s divisive tweet was largely met with outrage. Many found her suggestion that women were somehow damaged by not getting married or bearing children to be highly offensive, while others noted that she didn’t cite conservatives who have never wed, such as former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Some commenters also pointed out that Owens’s assertion would also presumably apply to nuns, as well as those who struggled with infertility issues.

From left, Candace Owens, Chris Loesch, and Lawrence Jones III  at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Feb. 22. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
From left, Candace Owens, Chris Loesch, and Lawrence Jones III  at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Feb. 22. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Others fired back that any “bio-chemical” difference might be in a single woman’s favor, citing research findings that suggest being unwed can have positive health benefits.



Silverman herself also responded to the controversy, sharing a reply that expressed her hurt feelings regarding Owens’s assertion.


Silverman, who appears in Battle of the Sexes, also retweeted a message defending herself along with a few other famously unwed, childless female figures.


Owens responded to Silverman by accusing her of “defending terrorists,” adding that “the break in your heart doesn’t concern me.”


She also clarified her remarks, downplaying it as “just a conversation” in a lengthy video posted to Twitter and comparing it to critical remarks made about her fellow Trump supporters.


She went on to tweet a softer stance on Silverman, but then accused a commenter who wrote about losing her fiancé in a car accident of promoting “victimhood.”



Griffin, meanwhile, also fired back at Owens, defending her right to choose not to have children.


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