Serena Williams angers fans by saying giving birth will make her a ‘real woman’

Tennis star Serena Williams is getting called out on social media after saying she thinks childbirth would make her a "real woman."

The 23-time Grand Slam champion, who is expected to welcome her child with fiancé and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in September, told Stellar magazine that she feels giving birth will change her.

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"I have so much respect for so many women [for giving birth]," Williams told the magazine in a new cover story. "I am about to be a real woman now, you know? It's going to be something incredibly impressive to go through."

And online users were quick to criticize the 35-year-old's statement, considering that many women choose not to have children or are unable to give birth.

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"So, in your view, I'm not a real woman because I CHOSE not to have children? #ChooseYourWordsCarefully," one user wrote.

"Didn't know I had to have a baby to be a 'real woman' ... thanks for letting me know @serenawilliams," another reacted.

Williams' Twitter page on Wednesday was devoid of any response to the backlash surrounding her choice of words in the cover story.

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