Jennifer Aniston exasperated by the pressure to have children

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Jennifer Aniston is fed up with the pressure others put on her to become a mom–and, in the latest issue of Allure magazine, she’s unloaded on her critics with both barrels.

In response to a series of questions about 2014’s F-word of the year–”feminism,” people, not the other one– Aniston revealed her frustrations with a lifestyle that promotes female equality at the same time that it clings to traditional expectations. Though, instead of saying “lifestyle,” it might be more accurate to get into a discussion of celeb voyeurism.

But: that’s one for another day. For now, here’s the full quote from Allure:


I don’t like [the pressure] that people put on me, on women—that you’ve failed yourself as a female because you haven’t procreated. I don’t think it’s fair. You may not have a child come out of your vagina, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t mothering—dogs, friends, friends’ children.


And that wasn’t all she had to say. Speaking more directly to her critics’ comments, Aniston got even more personal:


This continually is said about me: that I was so career-driven and focused on myself; that I don’t want to be a mother, and how selfish that is….Even saying it gets me a little tight in my throat.


As for the dreaded-slash-embraced F-word? Aniston gets the definition right: it’s such a complicated thing in Hollywood and elsewhere “because people overcomplicate it. It’s simply believing in equality between men and women. Pretty basic.”

Other than race, the ongoing national conversation has been probably the biggest overall story of 2014, even when the conversation becomes more like an argument. What do you think about J-Ani’s thoughts? Are these fightin’ words? Is she so right it hurts you in your soul? Or is there even more going on than her comments reveal?


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  • Kail

    First off mothering animals, other peoples children and friends is nothing like real parenthood.
    Second of all – Who said she failed being a woman because she didn’t have children? ALl the articles I read simply ask her about children. Nowhere have I read that she “failed.” Sounds like she’s taking her own insecurities and turning it into a bigger issue.
    Third of all – Childrearing is a natural part of life which means it’s a given people will ask. Ultimately – it’s your choice whether you want that in your life. It’s a choice. If you are confident enough in your life you wouldn’t take the questions too personally.

    • DeeDeDee

      I think she’s talking about the articles that don’t interview her, but say that her family has come out saying she’s selfish for not having children. There have also been articles posted about her boyfriends leaving her for not wanting children, and how she’s been in a deep depression because she realized too late that she wanted children and can’t have them now. She seems to be the only one that they constantly harp on in the media about her and procreating.

  • Jesus God, Leah!

    I’ve always loved Jen – she’s one of the more rare, down-to-earth celebrities. Her statements are true in a lot of ways. The media will always be the biggest critic of everyone in Hollywood, which is sad but true. It has to be hard to endure the pressure that she does regularly. I’m glad to see someone finally speak out about it.

  • quinn

    I completely understand where she’s coming from. I recently had a family literally tell me that she was upset that I was calling just to chat– not because I was pregnant. Women don’t HAVE to have to babies. I love children, I love my nephews and my friend’s kids. However, I’M not ready for kids and I don’t think I ever will be. I’m not a patient person and I don’t think that having kids would be the best thing for me overall. I don’t know how to explain it, but it’s just not for me. Ever since Brad left Jen for Angie the tabloids have been all over Jen about having kids and how Brad left her because he wanted kids and she didn’t. Maybe she’s not ready to have a career and a baby? Maybe she doesn’t want to have a baby just to be away from it 90% of the year? We don’t know why she doesn’t have kids, hell, it could be a medical issue. What we do know is that it’s NONE of our business.

  • Karina

    She’s right. There is a huge pressure for women to have children. If a man decides to focus on his career, no one will bat an eye, but if a woman decides to do so, a lot of people will be shocked. Kind of a sad double-standard.

  • barbinop

    I wish the press would stop bullying her on this subject. Its a personal choice each and every woman makes. I don’t know why the press continues to harp on it. Let it go. Its not your business