Gloria Steinem, media spokeswoman for the women’s movement since the ’60s, even joked that Aniston was in big trouble for not having any babies yet. At age 45, Aniston’s biological clock is ticking away.
Like her clock is anyone’s business.
But fans are dying for Aniston to get pregnant. The topic comes up constantly. Maybe the fact that her ex, Brad Pitt, and Angelina Jolie are so prolific at parenting invites comparison. But no one ever talks about when(?) and how(!) George Clooney, 52, is going to start having babies. Women are still defined by motherhood in a way that men are not defined by fatherhood.
Aniston talked to Gloria Steinem at the Maker’s Conference in California. Steinem teased that Aniston was in “deep sh- -” for not having kids yet. Steinem faced the same pressure all through her life but never had children.
Steinem told Aniston that in the ’60s and ’70s:
“Women weren’t seen as much as a voice but more barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen. I thought, well okay, I’m getting married and I’m having children. I’m definitely doing that,” she said. “Then, fortunately, the Women’s Movement came along and made me realize I was actually happy. And that there were more ways to live than one. So it came as a great revelation.”
There are more ways to live than one.
I, personally, find raising my 4 children rewarding. I am happy. But I don’t assume my lifestyle is the only way a woman — or person — can be happy. The women’s movement has given us that.
It has been 51 years (more than half a century!) since Betty Friedan’s Feminine Mystique was published. Women still face some of the same pressures and stereotypes that initially spawned the women’s movement. But we’re headed in the right direction. We’ve come a long way, baby. And I hope Jennifer Aniston has one, but only if she wants to.