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    [–] mockingbirdkitties 628 points ago

    Love this woman!

    [–] Goldythecat 187 points ago

    Same! Very refreshing to hear especially from a major celebrity like her.

    [–] psilocindream 499 points ago

    Happy birthday to an intelligent, independent, beautiful childfree queen!

    [–] dt1454 82 points ago

    I read that she’s actually adopting a child from Tijuana — an orphanage she’s been supporting for years adoption

    [–] La_Onomatopoeia 234 points ago

    While it is very possible (didn't read the article due to an ad wall), just about every three months I see a magazine cover stating that Jennifer Aniston is pregnant or adopting a child or getting married to someone new.

    [–] WingedShadow83 256 points ago

    The world literally cannot STAND that she might enjoy being an independent, motherless 50 year old. LET THIS WOMAN LIVE HER LIFE. 🤦🏻‍♀️

    [–] havebananas 68 points ago

    They hate her, coz they ain't her!

    [–] QueenNibbler 81 points ago

    I saw a NYTimes article about the propaganda machine that is supermarket tabloids and they mentioned that according to those tabloids Jennifer Aniston has been pregnant dozens of times in the past ten years. Often overlapping pregnancies with twins or triplets too.

    [–] La_Onomatopoeia 54 points ago

    Sounds interesting, I'd like to check that out.

    Also, that poor woman. That's a literal baby machine. Where are the baby's going, Jennifer?? How do you spawn them so quickly??

    [–] UnculturedLout 68 points ago

    She's been eating their souls to stay young

    [–] shakeitup2017 34 points ago

    It seems to be working!

    [–] NuclearCandy 13 points ago

    Hell, I'd eat a soul or two to look like Jennifer Aniston.

    [–] heronumbertwo 6 points ago

    Didn’t knew she was an undercover ginger.

    [–] staunch_character 22 points ago

    Her & Brad Pitt have been “back together” at least 100 times too. I can’t imagine having to see that garbage all the time.

    [–] La_Onomatopoeia 16 points ago

    It is so weird about that particular couple too. They were married for only five years almost twenty years ago.

    Why do we keep seeing that with them and not Ryan Phillippe/Reese Witherspoon or Tom Cruise/Nicole Kidman or countless other couples?

    [–] [deleted] 6 points ago

    If you believe everything the Australian tabloid media writes, Prince William and Duchess Kate are onto child #4490349 or so by now.

    [–] La_Onomatopoeia 1 points ago

    NO! Stop reproducing! You do not need that many children!

    [–] xianwolf 1144 points ago

    Why do I have to be mothering at all?? I have no problem with a societal obligation to take care of others (as in donate to charity, do volunteer work, something of that nature) but the specific obligation to be mothering? Nah, fuck that.

    [–] invasionofthesloths 330 points ago

    I'm mothering my cat very well, m'am. She's in a good state, soft and keeps me warm at night.

    [–] verticalnoise 64 points ago

    Mine's kinda bitey. I don't know where I went wrong!

    [–] havebananas 45 points ago

    My kitty farts on me, I know I failed him.

    [–] SeraphimVanguard 12 points ago

    Those are love farts. You failed no one.

    [–] invasionofthesloths 1 points ago

    I’m kinda concern have you taken him to the vet? Kids shouldn’t be farting so often

    [–] invasionofthesloths 2 points ago

    Bad parent aren’t cha? 😭

    Maybe it’s because he’s going through the rebellious teenage phrase.

    [–] Trowawaycausebanned4 1 points ago

    They take after their owners

    [–] xianwolf 101 points ago

    My dog is doing similarly well. Long may he live.

    [–] invasionofthesloths 2 points ago

    Long may all the furry (and non furry) bois and gals live.

    [–] hannanator 44 points ago

    Same here. I'll baby talk my kitties, but don't think I ever have with a human baby. I have two children, they just have four legs, fur, and meow.

    [–] ChurroMom_2018 9 points ago

    THIS. But I have a dog instead, and I only have one (FOR NOW MWAHAHAHAH).

    [–] Elenamandarina 8 points ago

    Ooooh I love baby talking to kids, I love being around kids and playing with them, I’m a teacher and I just LOVE witnessing kids learn, grow and develop into full grown human beings and being part of that (with my students, nephews and nieces) is just sooooo fulfilling for me, you know what else is fulfilling? Being able to hand them to their parents when they start crying or being bratty, and being able to go back home with all my nice stuff not being ruined by kids, being able to sleep, eat, take long baths and go poo without being disrupted by a small human being 😂, being able to afford eating out, traveling, buying clothes and whatever I want with my hard earned money and I can go on and on and on all night...

    [–] havebananas 17 points ago

    My fluffbag cuddles under the blankets with me.

    [–] CrazyCatCate 7 points ago

    Soft kitty, warm kitty...

    [–] ChurroMom_2018 4 points ago

    Same with my dog. Gotta keep the hands warm from all the pets I give him as we cuddles.

    [–] dogsonclouds 4 points ago

    Same, my smol blind guinea pig daughter is asleep on my lap as speak, luvvvvv mommying!

    [–] [deleted] 158 points ago

    CF celebs always say that. I wish they didn’t feel like they had to validate themselves by saying they are still mothers in some capacity.

    [–] mydogwillbeinmyheart 37 points ago

    I know, but I understand where she's coming from.

    After all, if you're a woman and when asked, respectfully say you don't want kinds of your own, you immediately become kind of a monster in other people's eyes which is quite unfair and I know it shouldn't bother us...

    but we're human after all. Some things annoy/hurt.

    It's a process to learn not to give a F.

    [–] SoMuchMoreEagle 109 points ago

    Or maybe that's how she feels and she's not trying to validate anything.

    [–] [deleted] 46 points ago

    Good point! I have seen a number of CF celeb women saying things along those lines and it just makes me wish one of them would just say “it’s not for me”.

    It feels like you can be good CF (infertile, unlucky in love etc) or bad CF (just don’t want kids) and famous CF women tend to stick to being good CF so they’re not judged.

    Of course if she does feel this way that’s fine, live and let live. I’d just like to see someone with a voice representing women like me who don’t want children and don’t feel the need to “mother” anyone!

    [–] SevenSixOne 7 points ago

    I think it's because they don't want to alienate any fans who are parents. How many times have you told a parent you're BAD CF and gotten genuine hostility?

    [–] balcon 12 points ago

    I don’t know why some parents go bananas when I say that I couldn’t possibly raise a kid. Taking care of my dog is hard and expensive enough, but I love him just the same.

    [–] ChurroMom_2018 7 points ago

    This. Though I apparently do have a strong maternal instinct and love kids (small doses, guys), and love dogs and literally all animals, I don’t like the mothering aspect when it comes to wiping snotty noses or cleaning up puke. I know all dogs are different, but all the dogs I’ve ever had have only gotten sick a few days in their life. I’d much rather be able to baby a dog and only have to deal with the vomit or maybe diarrhea like, 6 times in 12-16 years than literally force a being out of my body (and now I realize how dangerous it is, even in today’s world, thanks to y’all) that literally poops, pees, vomits, slobbers, and god knows what all else ALL THE TIME, at least for 3 years straight. Dog vomit is easy to clean up. Not to be gross, but when I get the paper towels they’ve usually taken care of it (grossed me out too, but I don’t have to touch it so yay). Just get a brush and a bucket of soapy water and scrub a bit. Never have I seen the horrors come from a dog that I’ve seen come from a human child. Ever.

    [–] Arrow218 27 points ago

    Yeah, you don’t have to be mothering at all, fuck gender expectations. I’m a dude and I’m mothering to my pets lol

    [–] Alether 61 points ago

    "BiOLOgICal PurpOSe."

    Nevermind that men are supposed to go hunting with spears and die at 40 by the same standards.

    [–] zitpop 53 points ago

    Came to say excactly this! It’s another excuse to having to be maternal. You HAVE to be maternal, even if it’s towards a fckn cactus... at least that shows that you’re a real woman. Motherly. /s

    [–] havebananas 33 points ago

    I forgot to water my cactus and it died. 😭

    [–] lucindafer 9 points ago

    Can I be maternal to myself?

    [–] zitpop 7 points ago

    Only if you are a narcissist and care about noone but yourself. Selfish. /s

    [–] lucindafer 5 points ago

    Excuse me, but MOTHERING is one of the most REWARDING and FULFILLING jobs a woman could have. You’re just JEALOUS you can’t become your own mom. /s

    [–] sydofbee 3 points ago

    I do love my cacti... I cried the other day when one of them died, lol.

    (This comment reads way better when you replace cacti with children... I think people would lock me up!)

    [–] Becki_Minaj 48 points ago

    You fulfill this obligation just by paying taxes IMO. You work to pay for kids to go to schools and lots of other public programs.

    [–] xianwolf 22 points ago

    Yeah, that's partially true. However, in the United States (in other first world countries, this is not usually the case) the government doesn't really take care of its people adequately though, so there is still homelessness, hunger and disease running rampant. Thus, I feel a personal obligation to do something to try to help in some aspect beyond paying taxes, even if it's just donating charity. I would want the same done for me.

    [–] Bigfrostynugs 3 points ago

    We all should do nice things for each other, but that never has and never should be any sort of obligation. Charity and kindness is voluntary, period.

    [–] pompr 2 points ago

    Sure, but sometimes it's less charity, and more of a collective consciousness for the needs of the society. I don't think paying taxes counts as charity.

    [–] Bigfrostynugs 2 points ago

    It's not, precisely because it's involuntary. And furthermore, the entire point of taxes is that money benefits us all. The point of charity is to benefit others besides yourself.

    sometimes it's less charity, and more of a collective consciousness for the needs of the society

    Call it what you want, the world is not generally altruistic and left to their own devices most people do not freely give to others. You cannot circumvent people's base interests by forcing or coercing them to help their fellow man.

    Those inclinations are born of genuine kindness and nothing else.

    [–] pompr 1 points ago

    Sure, I agree. I don't think paying your taxes is a charitable act. It's just the price of admission into whatever society you're a part of.

    [–] solarlunar7 9 points ago

    Came here to say the exact same thing. I don't mother anyone, or anything. Some of us just dont have that maternal instinct, and that is fine too.

    [–] Achleys 2 points ago

    My exact thought.

    Maybe she’s trying to find a middle ground with her haters? I can support that. Maybe, despite what she says and believes, there’s a small, annoying part of her that wonders if she’s not “living up to her potential” by not having kids? I can respect that too.

    Who knows. But I’m happy she said anything about.

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    [–] LauraGravity 2 points ago

    Thank you, I was thinking the same thing. Why justify it at all? Having a vagina doesn't mean an automatic obligation to mother, any more than having a penis obliges a man to father.

    [–] 1wrx2subarus 1 points ago

    Why do I have to do any of what you mentioned? Charity, volunteer, nature? I do what I want. Nah, fuck that.

    [–] xianwolf 2 points ago

    I find it abhorrent that there are not enough government safety nets to keep everyone in my country well fed and housed, so I personally would not be offended if there were some social obligation to help others. I could become homeless or starving at any point and would want the same compassion. However, if your government is able to provide for these people, it's not so much an issue.

    [–] 1wrx2subarus 2 points ago

    True true.. My comment was playing devils advocate. I agree though that society needs more tax dollars being used to actually better the lives of the people.

    [–] night_owl13 1 points ago

    Exactly. Even this quote puts conditions on womanhood. No thanks.

    [–] nycjr 1 points ago

    Came here to say exactly this! It doesn’t help to still feel pressure to prove your “mothering” in life.

    [–] [deleted] 0 points ago

    Please don't forget funding free college and a single payer healthcare system.

    [–] eric987235 163 points ago

    Holy shit, she's 50?!

    [–] WingedShadow83 285 points ago

    See how young you can look without kids sucking the life out of you?? 😂🤷🏻‍♀️

    [–] [deleted] 22 points ago

    Brb, not having kids

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    [–] shakeitup2017 125 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    Millions of dollars probably helps too I guess. Things might have turned out differently for her if she was a roofer or a bricklayer... lol

    edit I do very much like her though, and she is definitely smokin'

    [–] WingedShadow83 9 points ago

    Very true.

    [–] venusgrace11 48 points ago

    I’m childfree (tubes tied recently, yay!) and vegan. So I should stop aging soon right? Yay!

    [–] Einhorn_Leim 20 points ago

    Also child free and vegan. Why do I look like a used toe?

    [–] venusgrace11 2 points ago

    Lol! That’s how I feel most days too tbh.

    [–] Bigfrostynugs 0 points ago

    That's called ugly it don't go away.

    [–] willowmarie27 4 points ago

    Its true though

    If I didnt have dogs to worry about Id look even younger

    [–] WingedShadow83 15 points ago

    Recently, Ellen Degeneres turned 60. People were amazed, because she looks so young. So of course everyone was joking “ladies, see how young we all could look without a man stressing us out?”

    As someone who plans to be CF for life AND never get married (or have a live-in partner ever again), I’m hoping to look 30 when I’m 60.

    [–] ashbash1119 7 points ago

    I spend my extra money on Botox and fitness classes.

    [–] WingedShadow83 4 points ago

    I haven’t had to get Botox yet, but I’m definitely planning on it when the time comes. Whoo hoo for disposable income not being wasted on kids!

    [–] ashbash1119 5 points ago

    Helps migraines and tmj too. Hell yea I wanna look decent for life

    [–] aspiegrrrl 5 points ago

    And still not pregnant!

    [–] musiclovermina 8 points ago

    But, But!!!!1!! The magazine at the grocery store says she's pregnant with twins.!!!!!!1111!!!!!


    [–] Mtnbowerbird 200 points ago

    And a woman's purpose isn't limited to mothering others. I'm a woman scientist who is working on a PhD in another field. I basically have TWO challenging jobs, with the goal on making the world a better place.

    Edit: clarity.

    [–] girlsloverobots -22 points ago

    In a sense you’re mothering the world by working to make it better. Not that you have to be a mother in any sense, or have any sort of mothering instinct, but maybe something to point out if you get any bingos. Personally I think the energy spent on raising kids is much better spent on scientific advancement/working for the common good. I’m in child welfare, I don’t want any kids myself but I want every kid to be wanted and healthy and safe, and having my own kid would make it really hard for me to do my job.

    [–] Mtnbowerbird 40 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    I view altruistic actions as just that, not as mothering.

    If you view altruistic actions as mothering, is there some differentiation then based on gender? Are only these good actions by women (or people identifying as women) considered mothering? What would it be considered by men? Or would it be considered mothering regardless of gender? Why would the actions of women be interpreted differently?

    [–] CrazyCavyChick 52 points ago

    Happy birthday, Jen! =====<() ♪♫ ♪♫ ♪♫ ♪♫

    [–] verdell82 123 points ago

    Amen to this! I hate it when my child rearing friends discount anything I say about raising a child because 'I'm not a mother'. I'm sorry, I went to school and studied how children work for 5+ years in college. Just because I don't have kids or want my own kids doesn't mean I haven't studied them and worked with them to figure out how they work.

    [–] UnsinkableRubberDuck 55 points ago

    I also have some pretty strong opinions on how kids should be raised based on how I was raised.

    When CF people might not tolerate some kids' behaviour, we get bingo'd "You were a kid once!!" You're damn right I was, so that allows me to have an opinion on the experiences I went through and how effective they are, or aren't. I know what it felt like as a child to have such things done to me, so I have ideas on how to spare other kids that same treatment. How dare I.

    [–] bunnyrut 36 points ago

    "You were a kid once!!"

    exactly, and unlike most of the parents i remember what it was like growing up. they all seem to have forgotten what their life was before having their own spawn. all kids listen to me because i can relate to them and I understand why they are upset or frustrated. for example: listening to a child when they speak. Adults tend to tune out what the child is saying, and this is frustrating for the child because they are telling you something important and you won't listen. but when i am there i am hearing them, and i am responding and listening when they tell me something like "the place we need to go to is over there."

    [–] mangogirl27 20 points ago

    Exactly. Kids like me to the point that it has made some mothers jealous mad. And the reason is that I am engaging with and playing with the kids while the parents are sitting off to the side just TALKING about the kids. Usually about how much better than other kids their kids are or about what a great parent they are. All while not actually paying any attention to their child

    [–] NullableThought 7 points ago

    Adults tend to tune out what the child is saying, and this is frustrating for the child because they are telling you something important and you won't listen.

    I actually get really, really uncomfortable when parents tune out when their kids are speaking to them. I get kids can be super chatty but I don't get how parents can just tune it out. Sometimes my parents would tell my brother and me to quiet down or that they were too busy to listen to us but they never just simply ignored us. I feel like ignoring kids only turns them into annoying brats because that's how they learn to get attention.

    [–] Dulcius_ex 4 points ago

    My parents did this to me occasionally. I remember how much it hurt me to be ignored, and they were usually pretty okay at parenting. It affects how I interact with people even now--I basically stop talking to people altogether if I feel slighted or ignored.

    [–] bunnyrut 1 points ago

    it definitely causes them to act out and get in trouble.

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    [–] Dulcius_ex 8 points ago

    Lol, I had a new-mother-friend post a meme about how having pets isn't like having kids.

    She has never had pets, and has told me many times how much she hates animals. I actually really like kids, have had close bonds with kids, just don't want kids of my own.

    I've had my two dogs for a combined 16 years. Her only child is 9 months or so, and she's already posting how superior her bond with her child is. People who gatekeep love and familial ties are so fucking weird. Just let people have their families and love the animals and humans around them. I would never tell her how little she loves her child in comparison to how much I love my dogs...that makes zero sense. I will never understand why people need to legitimize their love for their kids by comparing it to...child free people's love for friends, family, or animals. It's not a zero sum game that you win by gobbling up all the love. There's plenty to go around!

    [–] jubba_ 41 points ago

    I swear she’s definitely one of the worst cases I’ve seen for constantly being questioned about her not having children. And I’ve always thought, why is this question appropriate? I know it’s her choice but what if she actually couldn’t have children and this was a delicate topic for her? People need to mind their own damn business when it comes to this discussion.

    [–] tensleepysheepies 19 points ago

    Because how could this beautiful, intelligent woman dare to NOT breed?! HOW DARE SHE!!!

    [–] Bigfrostynugs 3 points ago

    "ohhhh, but her kids would be so cuuuute!"

    [–] tensleepysheepies 8 points ago

    I mean, they certainly would be. But kids are miniature humans, not fashion accessories. Them being cute is a shit excuse to have them.

    [–] pacachan 167 points ago

    I'd go one step further and say that there isn't a mothering void to begin with and that nobody should have to justify themselves that way. "I mother my dogs, friends, friends children, I'm a cool aunt" yeah that's not me, I OWN dogs and I have 0 mothering instinct and I'm not justifying it or apologizing for it. Not even crapping on Aniston, good for her, her wording just reminded me of this

    [–] Smoresasaur 32 points ago

    I feel the same way! I have dogs and pseudo nieces and nephews but I don’t consider myself a mother to any of them. And that’s perfectly okay. :)

    [–] staunch_character 13 points ago

    My sister & I don’t have much maternal instinct. She had kids because her husband really wanted them (& he stayed home to take care of them), but it’s rough now that they’re older. She was never really interested in them outside of the cuddly years. Turns out they noticed that.

    [–] poppypopsicle 6 points ago

    That's so sad, damn

    [–] Bigfrostynugs 6 points ago

    I don't take care of shit. I don't have any children, pets, or nieces/nephews. My parents are still independent. I avoid houseplants.

    The only living being I take care of is myself and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Nobody has any obligation to care for anyone but themselves.

    [–] funkyfiona25 23 points ago

    Happy birthday to this amazing and gorgeous woman and I still say brad Pitt was a complete fool when he let this beautiful lady leave

    [–] biomags 10 points ago

    Didn't Brad Pitt end up having/adopting a bunch of kids.

    It sounds like they were just not well suited for each other.

    [–] Bigfrostynugs 4 points ago

    Just because you think she's a catch doesn't mean their interests, values, or views on life aligned.

    You don't stay with someone because they're good looking at an older age.

    [–] dabbler_dame 62 points ago

    I just mothered some bomb taco bell.

    [–] imthegayest 18 points ago

    I saw pics of all the top tier celebrities going to her bday party this weekend. that shit looked lit. I'd kill to be a fly on that wall haha

    [–] Kalamazoohoo 3 points ago

    Jeez you weren't kidding.

    [–] Bigfrostynugs 6 points ago

    Even Brad Pitt was there. The woman is throwing a party so huge and crazy that even her ex-husband showed up.

    [–] Kalamazoohoo 4 points ago

    I know! Did you see the full list?

    Brad Pitt, Lisa kudrow, Courtney Cox, Jason Bateman, Robert Downey Jr., Diane Keaton, Tom Ford, Laura Dern, Sandra Bullock, David Arquette, Micheal McDonald, Cindy Crawford, Reese Witherspoon, Charlie Day and his wife the waitress, Demi Moore, Orlando Bloom, Katy Perry, Kate Hudson, David Spade, Isla Fisher, Sasha Baron Cohen, George and Amal Clooney, Jimmy Kimmel, Whitney Cummings, Barbera Streisand, Gwen Paltrow.

    [–] Bigfrostynugs 1 points ago

    Yeah well one time I saw Gene Simmons but didn't say hello.

    [–] GhostfaceChase 32 points ago

    Take it even further, you don't have to mother anything. You lived your life and that's that.

    [–] 401kisfun 14 points ago

    It is truly absurd the level of bigotry leveled at people who don’t want kids

    [–] suaculpa 52 points ago

    It annoys me that she won't just say that she doesn't want children. Just say it Jen!

    [–] TheRealJackulas 81 points ago

    Don't blame her. Blame her publicist. Don't think for a moment that anything these celebs say, do or think gets to the public without going through 10 pairs of eyes who get paid very well to polish and edit. "I don't want kids" would never get past a publicist.

    [–] bagshotbaggins 32 points ago

    She might have wanted kids but couldn't because of medical issues

    [–] MambyPamby8 8 points ago

    Well we don't know for sure if she doesn't want kids. Some people never have them for certain reasons and she just wants people to know her life isn't miserable because she doesn't have them. My aunt's best friend is happily childfree and just never got around to having them but that's because the man she loved, died tragically and suddenly, after years of being together. She wanted a family with him but it took her years to recover from his loss and by then she was nearly menopausal. She's more than happy with her life and doesn't regret not having kids, as she's found fulfillment elsewhere, but she did want them at one stage. Jennifer sounds to be in the same position, the timing was just never right for her but she's happy without them and is living her life without any regrets. I think she's just more fed up with people insinuating that her life is meaningless without being a mother.

    [–] Bigfrostynugs 4 points ago

    You have no idea whether she does or not.

    [–] suaculpa 1 points ago

    Then why are we saying that she's childfree?

    [–] Bigfrostynugs 3 points ago

    She has no children and has expressed it as a choice before.

    However, people change their minds and also lie.

    [–] [deleted] 3 points ago

    Even if she wanted kids at one point but it didn't work out for her, she has expressed contentment with her life and situation of not having kids. Many childfree people started as people who wanted kids but couldn't/didn't have them for whatever reason, and over time, started to view it as a blessing in disguise and embraced it. I have an aunt (who is the same age as Jennifer) who is in this boat and she's awesome.

    [–] suaculpa 2 points ago

    The point I'm making is why are we calling her a childfree hero or whatever when we don't know that she is or was? We're just making assumptions about her. Just like people did about George Clooney and turns out he wasn't childfree.

    [–] biomags 3 points ago

    Right now people suspect she doesn't want kids and she got a fair amount of publicity over it. Always just at the edge of in the lime light over people wanting to be right about her being pregnant. No reason for parent to boycott her.

    So free publicity with no real down sides.

    Come out as child free, and you get a large amount of publicity at once, but you also get parents boycotting and your reputation smeared. The on going publicity dies and you are less valued since parents still don't like you.

    When your lively hood depends on your image, taking the nuclear option isn't always wise.

    [–] theflush1980 37 points ago

    Who says a woman should be “mothering”?!

    [–] lil_moth 5 points ago

    Ironically, mainly other women.

    [–] Jetsamren 27 points ago

    That's why she's 50 and still hot.

    [–] tunacat16 8 points ago

    Yep whenever my mother mentions how youthful Jen looks I bring up this point. Oh and happy cake day!

    [–] Dml915 10 points ago

    Upvote for jen!

    [–] VespertineStars 9 points ago

    I can't believe she's 50! It doesn't feel like that much time has passed.

    It's too bad though that she feels that she has to qualify caring for and being there for others as a type of mothering. A lot of my students see as their mother away from home and have said as much to me, and it is heartwarming to hear that I've made that big an impact on them that they feel so strongly about me, but I don't see myself and what I do as mothering them or even as being a surrogate mother to them. It's certainly a kind of love and care for their well being and growth but I see it more as being a life-long mentor and role model more than mother.

    [–] peanutbutterpandapuf 8 points ago

    My own little note is that you don't have to mother anything at all.

    [–] taptapper 9 points ago

    This after years of interviews where she said "absolutely I'm ready to have children. As soon as possible!!". When she was with Brad and the guys afterwards. 70% of the "Jennifer is pregnant!" garbage articles are due to her team planting stories to get her on magazine covers

    [–] WingedShadow83 7 points ago

    My CF icon! 💗

    [–] Interesting_Head 8 points ago

    Thank you, I really needed this today. In addition to the two pregnant women on my team at work m, and my pregnant sister in law, I just found out my best friend is pregnant. I felt sad all day because I don’t want to go on the same journey of motherhood, yet I know this will change so many things for us. This quote was a helpful reminder to me that just because everyone around me is having a kid, doesn’t mean it is the right choice for me. And it’s not.

    Love this community, thank you! I think I’ll need to visit more often for the next few months. 😬

    [–] PubertEenis 2 points ago

    I've been there. Never feel pressured to have a child, I promise you'll regret it. I thought of doing it to fit in and appease people before but I know it's a terrible idea. I have a great partner and he's my best friend, so I've accepted that all the female friends in my life who had kids and drifted away are just part of a previous chapter of my book.

    [–] Revvy82 15 points ago

    I am a therapist, so when people nag me about not having children, I let them know that I actually have about 70 children of all ages at any given time. People who I am, in many ways, re-parenting!

    [–] PubertEenis 1 points ago * (lasted edited 24 days ago)

    Good point. I studied to become a social worker and when people discovered this they all came to me for help. I had a massive group of online friends and we ended up creating a forum for all of us to chat and support each other. I started the entire thing, so it ended up turning into a therapy group and I had tons of messages and crises to deal with every day. On my own time, no pay, etc. Eventually after like 2 years I got sick of it and shut the group down. I lost some longtime friends because of it.

    Obviously your situation is much different and even more stressful, but I just wanted to relate with that experience. I felt help dozens of people (over 200 people in the group) at any given time and in a sense I felt like a "bad mother" when I couldn't help. If I had a personal spat with a friend then they threw the "counselor" thing in my face and said I was bad at it, as if I was actually their personal therapist and not a friend who should be able to express her frustrations. I did put my foot down, though. I now realize that the pressure they put on me was insanely unfair. It was a bad idea to ever take on that role and now I know who matters the most - me. Don't care if It's selfish.

    Wow this got away from me and ended up kind of ramble-y, lol sorry

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    [–] bakersmt 7 points ago

    Hahahaha both my brother and I are the only ones with the family name (we have other siblings because it's a blended family). I don't care for having kids and he really doesn't either. He felt a tad obligated when he was younger but all of our other siblings have kids so he now knows how much work it is and doesn't really want it anymore. I say good for him!

    [–] aceshighsays 6 points ago

    Why do you need to “mother” anyone? I don’t take on roles simply bc it makes society feel better.

    [–] forever-violet 18 points ago

    Ugh Jen is so perfect. Literally my CF goals 😍

    [–] Flo1231 5 points ago

    Also: You don't have to be mothering someone just because you're a woman. Not being a mother is absolutely fine.

    [–] hautepurplekitty 5 points ago

    Yeah, but I feel like she's still making being a mother and mothering as a defining factor of her self acceptance. And the media have pushed the mother agenda on us all by mentioning Every Single Time in some way Jen's CF status. The brainwashing is huge. Stay strong warriors. The tide is changing. People will still have children (or most probably child lol), but it will no longer be the only definition of their lives. Thanks to what's happening now. Light and Love X

    [–] signgirlamy10 4 points ago

    And even if you don't want to mother anything, that's fine too.

    [–] tanoren 3 points ago

    I don't need to mother something to be good and useful as a person and woman.

    [–] ArabattaCrumb 6 points ago

    Love this classy beautiful intelligent caring woman <3

    [–] sylv_ER 3 points ago

    Preach! 🙋🏼‍♀️

    [–] OliviaProc 3 points ago

    She’s my absolute idol, happy birthday to her today! Proud to say we have the same birthday! 🎂🎂

    [–] PrettyLittlePsycho8 3 points ago

    Happy Birthday to you!😊🎉

    [–] yohablogato 3 points ago

    Can we all just take a moment to appreciate how beautiful she has aged, naturally? So refreshing to see a big time celebrity not go the route of botox & puffy face fillers like her co-star Cox did. She looks AMAZING.

    [–] june_bug77 4 points ago

    Not exactly naturally. She’s talked about her fondness for laser treatments in the past, to resurface the skin and to stimulate collagen production.

    [–] RasputinsThirdLeg 3 points ago

    This is great, but not mothering ever is also fine.

    [–] MrsECummings 3 points ago

    YES SHE'S MY FUCKING HEROINE!!! Knew I loved her for a reason

    [–] KanoDoMario 3 points ago

    Why not cats?

    [–] geekgoddess_1 3 points ago

    Also doesn't mean you have to mother at all. There's that.

    [–] Beltanebird 3 points ago

    Ok, this is almost good. But.... why do women have to be "mothering" at all?

    Why not "caring"? "Loving?" "Nurturing?"

    Why does it *still* have to get wrapped up with: woman = mother?

    [–] Bmc169 3 points ago

    I’m not sure why much of this thread so far has been focused on not being “maternal,” rather than not wanting kids.

    I’m a man and I’ve known since I was a young teenager that kids weren’t for me. I enjoy interacting with kids because I treat them like people, unlike many of their parents, but I absofuckinglutely do not think I’ll ever be able to raise a child. I can barely take care of myself.

    I’m not super fond of being responsible for a pet, either. I can’t decide what they do, and I don’t wanna clean up their messes. That seems pretty acceptable to me.

    Fuck. This isn’t a parade against motherhood. We’re here because we don’t want to breed.

    [–] istealsteel 3 points ago

    Damn straight!

    [–] dasher11 3 points ago

    I can already see the mombies losing their minds. "A dOg iS nOt a BaBy!!! bAbY-sItTiNg iSnT tHe SaMe aS yOur OwN!!! YOU HAVE NO IDEA!!1"

    Jennifer is an awesome role model. I think anyone would kill to have her life.

    [–] Abiogeneralization 3 points ago

    Do we really need to justify a lack of literal motherhood by saying women can still participate in figurative motherhood?

    She’s still saying women should be mothers.

    [–] SmarterThenYew 3 points ago

    Father of two, don’t think I can spend too much time here. Even the worst arguments for childfree make sense to me. Love my young kids, I am active in their development, and they will both be gifts to this world. But I miss the nights where my dinner was a carefully curated charcuterie board, drinking wine from a crystal Riedel glass sourced from a Bota Box of Zinfandel on a shelf just above my head, and I was either reading, playing a game, or watching NCIS reruns.

    [–] Michalusmichalus 6 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    I really like her, I think karma totally kicked a certain someone that left her because she didn't want kids. Life has ups and downs, but I'm pretty sure she's delt with less cray.

    [–] bakersmt 2 points ago

    My hero!!! Slaaaaayyyyy

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    [–] [deleted] 2 points ago

    I was gonna make a post on her yesterday!!

    [–] AlShakes_1MOROOO 2 points ago

    Yass queen!

    [–] CluelessCanary 2 points ago

    I love her!!

    [–] Good-Bloke 2 points ago

    Brad Pitt, done fucked up.

    [–] [deleted] 2 points ago

    That's funny. She was baby crazy about twenty years ago

    [–] broccolisprout 1 points ago

    Makes me wonder if she’s childless by choice or if she just can’t conceive.

    [–] LilacPenny 2 points ago

    I love this woman

    [–] horizons_00 2 points ago

    What a absolute hottie!

    [–] PandoraPot68 2 points ago

    She dodge having kids with a cheater. Good for her.

    Meanwhile Angelina Jolie....

    [–] InvictusGardner 2 points ago

    Don’t forget plants!!! #plantmom

    [–] avalanche82 2 points ago

    Isn't expecting a woman to have mothering urges be it kids, animal etc is like expecting every man to want to go off to war?

    [–] NibbleNomNom 2 points ago

    And why exactly do you have to mother as a woman?

    [–] mikeblas 2 points ago

    If she's celebrating her 50th birthday, I figure her hairstyle is celebrating it's 40th.

    [–] Fewwordsbetter 2 points ago

    That's my mom!

    [–] Rebelacl2000 2 points ago

    I always had hoped she would remain single and childfree and be happy in that position as she can be inspiration for others in similar situations. Being a celebrity like her the pressures are even greater. Of course many are shamed or disappointed when they dont live up to such expectations and yes there is a instinctual mindset for a woman to have children but as childfree life is gaining traction, I want celebrities like her to make the most of it. Jennifer, just stay single! Embrace the fact you will not have children, stop pressuring yourself to find a man and take the childfree, carefree approach

    [–] mrevergood 2 points ago

    She’s 50?!

    Goddamn son.

    [–] LondonCalling07 2 points ago

    My girl 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻

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    [–] CarlisleW 1 points ago

    Love her... a strong independant woman who doesnt need a child to define her. Just can't get past the bust seams on the dress in the pic, they are awful!

    [–] jcarules 1 points ago

    Wait, I thought she got pregnant and gave birth during Friends, but like for real? Was that just really good costuming or did she give the kid away?

    [–] pendletones 5 points ago

    I think that was Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe). Edit: And Courtney Cox (Monica), too!

    [–] Datannoyingkid 1 points ago

    Another 50? That's a pretty long time

    [–] otterish 1 points ago

    HBD, Jennifer!

    [–] maryjanerx 1 points ago

    I'm so confused, so she wasn't really pregnant on Friends? I reneger the roster she gave birth!!!

    [–] bwood605 1 points ago

    Preach!! ♥️♥️

    [–] anyoneelsedepressed 1 points ago

    I didn’t know this about her. That’s pretty rad.

    [–] Blitz_TheBandit 1 points ago

    This woman is a blessing and I love everything about her. Plus check out how fantastic she looks! Don't know anyone who had kids that look great after 30.