"You may not have a child come out of your vagina, but that doesn't mean you aren't mothering," the actress says

By Sheila Cosgrove Baylis
Updated December 15, 2014 03:30 PM
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Jennifer Aniston is hitting her stride.

She’s up for a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild award for her role as a woman suffering from chronic pain after a car accident in the film Cake, she’s happily engaged to Justin Theroux and she’s getting more comfortable speaking out against her critics – including voicing her views on motherhood.

“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,” Aniston, 45, tells Allure in its January issue.

“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.”

While she’s confident in her choices, Aniston admits that it’s not that easy to shake off the criticism: “Even saying it gets me a little tight in my throat.”

Aniston adds that people “overcomplicate” the notion of feminism. “It’s simply believing in equality between men and women. Pretty basic.”

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