"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
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.”

Jennifer Aniston (left), Jennifer Aniston and hairstylist Chris McMillan in Allure
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