Jennifer Aniston Speaks Out About A Pressure That Affects More Than Just Famous Women

"Maybe I have other things I’m supposed to do?"

Actress Jennifer Aniston continues to speak out against tabloid scrutiny of her personal life in a new interview with Jimmy Kimmel Live! co-head writer Molly McNearney for InStyle. Aniston addresses the "ridiculous headlines" which have followed her for much of her career, including questions over whether she's having kids.

"The misconceptions are 'Jen can't keep a man,' and 'Jen refuses to have a baby because she's selfish and committed to her career.' Or that I'm sad and heartbroken. First, with all due respect, I'm not heartbroken. And second, those are reckless assumptions," she shared.

"No one knows what's going on behind closed doors. No one considers how sensitive that might be for my partner and me. They don't know what I've been through medically or emotionally," she continued. "There is a pressure on women to be mothers, and if they are not, then they're deemed damaged goods. Maybe my purpose on this planet isn't to procreate. Maybe I have other things I'm supposed to do?"

It's an issue affecting more than just famous women — although it plays out on a bigger stage for those in Aniston's position. Last year, actress Tracee Ellis Ross delivered an empowering speech about being single and childless at 45. "It's never-ending, and it's not helpful," she said of people's unsolicited comments.

"When a couple breaks up in Hollywood, it's the woman who is scorned," Aniston shared about the sexism she has faced from the media. "The woman is left sad and alone. She's the failure. F that. When was the last time you read about a divorced, childless man referred to as a spinster?"

It's not the first time the former Friends star has fired back at the tabloids. She earned praise in 2016 for penning an op-ed criticizing the perpetuation of society's impossible beauty standards and the belief that women are defined by their "marital and maternal status." 

"We don't need to be married or mothers to be complete," she wrote at the time. "We get to determine our own 'happily ever after' for ourselves."

(H/T: Glamour)

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