Women Who Are Not Mothers Are Not Damaged Goods, Says FRIENDS Actress Jennifer Aniston

| August 2 , 2018 , 15:30 IST

Hollywood actress Jennifer Aniston is most popular for portraying the role of Rachel in the iconic TV series FRIENDS, which was a super hit in India as well as abroad. Past the age of 49 years, childless and separated, Jennifer has maintained her stance that motherhood was not for her.

In an interview with InStyle magazine, Jennifer opened up about expectations from women regarding motherhood and sexual harassment.

"It’s pretty crazy. 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," the FRIENDS star said.  

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"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. 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?" Jennifer said.

"I’ve definitely had my fair share of sexism in the media. Women are picked apart and pitted against one another based on looks and clothing and superficial stuff," she said.

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"When a couple breaks up in Hollywood, it’s the woman who is scorned. 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?" Jennifer said.

The actress also admitted that she has faced sexual harassment in the film industry, but that she has been treated worse by women in the industry.

"I’ve definitely had some sloppy moves made on me by other actors, and I handled it by walking away. I’ve never had anyone in a position of power make me feel uncomfortable and leverage that over me. In my personal experience I’ve been treated worse verbally and energetically by some women in this industry," she said.

Jennifer will next be seen in Dumplin' where she plays the role of a former beauty pageant queen.