Jennifer Aniston is setting the record straight when it comes to her career choices and thoughts on motherhood.
“I think people are still doing it today,” she said of how society today continually critiques women constantly in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter. “What the tabloids and the media did to people’s personal lives back then, regular people are doing now [on social media.]”
“Although I haven’t seen a tabloid in so long. Am I still having twins? Am I going to be the miracle mother at 52?” she joked, speaking on the public’s obsession with her family planning-plans.
“Now you’ve got social media. It’s almost like the media handed over the sword to any Joe Schmo sitting behind a computer screen to be a troll or whatever they call them and bully people in comment sections,” she explained. “So it’s just sort of changed hands in a way. And I don’t know why there’s such a cruel streak in society.”
“I used to take it all very personally — the pregnancy rumors and the whole ‘Oh, she chose career over kids’ assumption,” she revealed. “It’s like, ‘You have no clue what’s going with me personally, medically, why I can’t … can I have kids?’ They don’t know anything, and it was really hurtful and just nasty.”
“It’s the same with Dolly Parton; Dolly Parton never had kids. But are people giving her s*** for it? No, no one’s tried to put her in a white picket fence,” Aniston shared.
“Men can be married as many times as they want to,” Jen stated. “They can marry [younger] women in their 20s or 30s. Women aren’t allowed to do that.”
When speaking to Vanity Fair after her divorce from Brad Pitt, Jen admitted she was “really p***** off” by the sexist reports that she chose her career over having a family.
“A man divorcing would never be accused of choosing career over children,” she said of the double standard.“I’ve never in my life said I didn’t want to have children. I did and I do and I will!”
“The women that inspire me are the ones who have careers and children; why would I want to limit myself? I’ve always wanted to have children, and I would never give up that experience for a career. I want to have it all,” Aniston proclaimed.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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