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Jennifer Aniston Discusses Single Motherhood

Are Jennifer Aniston's Comments About Single Motherhood Destructive?

When Jennifer Aniston's latest flick hits theaters this week, moviegoers will see the star portray a woman who decides to inseminate herself when she hasn't met the man of her dreams by her 41st birthday. In what is beginning to sound like an instance of life imitating art, the megastar has been discussing the role of men in starting a family while out promoting The Switch. In one quote, she said:

Women are realizing more and more that you don't have to settle, they don't have to fiddle with a man to have that child. They are realizing if it's that time in their life and they want this part they can do it with or without that.

Those words aren't sitting well with Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly. The conservative talk show host took to the airwaves last night to debate the topic of single motherhood, suggesting that teens will hear her message and not understand the difference between single motherhood as a teen compared to that as a mature adult. He said:

She's throwing a message out to 12-year-olds and 13-year-olds that, "Hey you don't need a guy. You don't need a dad." That is destructive to our society,

Given the high rates of teen pregnancy, do you find Jennifer Aniston's comments "destructive"?

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hausfrau hausfrau 6 years
lickety split - that's the saddest thing i have ever heard.
hausfrau hausfrau 6 years
this is more of what he said: " "I want to be fair about this because there are millions of single mothers who do a great job with raising their kids. It's possible, but it's not optional. And that's where Miss Aniston makes her mistake. She's throwing a message out to 12-year-olds and 13-year-olds that, 'Hey you don't need a guy. You don't need a dad,.' That is destructive to our society. Aniston can hire a battery of people to help her, but she cannot hire a dad. Okay. Dads bring a psychology to children that in this society is underemphasized. Men get hosed all the time." And I think he's right. Dads ARE important and sending the message that they AREN'T is destructive.
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 6 years
whether its destructive to society is hard to say right now since this is a new trend. i'm on the fence with this one, but i can definitely see myself going to a sperm bank if i had the money and not the man. however is that a selfish decision? im not sure.
lickety-split lickety-split 6 years
She's right. What do we need men for? To roll over and say, "the baby needs you"? I'm no Jen aniston fan, but seriously, WHAT do we need men for? Their 30 second contribution can be all but dialed in.
blooditsnotfunny blooditsnotfunny 6 years
Since she said "women," i think it's really pretty clear here that she is not referring to 12 and 13 year olds. This man needs to start thinking about more important things to get upset over. Maybe he's just looking for press.
ATwilightMom ATwilightMom 6 years
I think Jennifer needs to be a Mom in the real world before she can make a comment. In her world of $1,000 purses and million dollar homes and nannies abounding, it would be "easier" on her... but 1) you still need sperm and 2) nothing takes the place of a Dad. (see below) People get it in there head they can do whatever they want, whenever they want. But there are consequences to their actions. People don't think things through... what is a Mom, what is a Dad...what do I tell them when they're older.. uh you're dad is sperm donor #732??? If women don't "need men.. what does that say to a young man... he's off the hook for his responsibilities? He doesn't matter? Who cares what he does? And for all those working single mothers out there in the real world... I'm sure they would love to kick her in the butt! ALL the responsibility is that mom's.. she has to earn ALL the money.. she has to pick up the kids, drop them off, feed them, bath them, care for them, nurse them when their sick, teach them about life, etc etc etc ... there is NO ONE ELSE to help... there is NO ONE ELSE to shoulder the responsibility and the worry and the financial burdern (like shoes, presents, education, etc etc ).. Jennifer A needs to come down off her high horse and stop being so defensive.. I think she said that because of the whole Brad and Angelina thing. If she keeps talking, she will need to add some salt to that foot of hers that seems to be stuck in her mouth....
amandachalynn amandachalynn 6 years
Teen pregnancies are usually an accident. It's very rare (and usually on Maury) for a teen to want a baby on her own. I don't see a bunch of teenagers lining up at the sperm bank because they don't think they need a man.
skigurl skigurl 6 years
Her comments were just fine, and O'Reilly took them out of context. Like Stephley said, if kids are getting ideas about single-motherhood, it's certainly not going to be from comments like Aniston's! the only person who might take Aniston's comment as a green light to go to a sperm bank is a 40 year old woman without a potential father-figure in her life. and that's great!
stephley stephley 6 years
How incredibly stupid of O'Reilly - it just makes absolutely no sense to pick someone like Aniston to be his target for single motherhood. I think any show directed at teen girls has much more influence than she does.
runningesq runningesq 6 years
Ha! Yes, O'Reilly, that's exactly what she said. Give me a freaking break.
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