This past month in particular has illuminated for me how much we define a woman’s value based on her marital and maternal status. The sheer amount of resources being spent right now by press trying to simply uncover whether or not I am pregnant (for the bajillionth time… but who’s counting) points to the perpetuation of this notion that women are somehow incomplete, unsuccessful, or unhappy if they’re not married with children.
Aniston has always been a role model to me. She met someone, fell in love, got divorced, and then waited a very long time to settle down. It didn’t seem to top her list of priorities, and she wanted to be sure she found the right partner. She would not be pressured, pushed, or judged, and she would not allow the press to ask invasive questions about her future. Good job, Jennifer.