Tongues are clucking that Jennifer Aniston spent her 45th birthday yesterday sans fiance Justin Theroux, but come on, people. It was a Tuesday, and he was in NYC filming his new HBO series The Leftovers. Also, Jen had her own plate pretty full, as she spent her birthday eve with author and activist Gloria Steinem at The Makers Conference in Ranchos Palos Verdes, California.
And it looks like all this hysteria and hoopla over the actress celebrating her big day like a single lady is especially ironic, given what she said to Gloria about her current relationship/parental status ...
The public has a great interest in our personal lives. I know you've come up against this, and I certainly have too -- where being a woman and our value and our worth is basically associated with our marital status or whether or not we have procreated.
How did Steinem (who never had kids) respond? "Well, I guess we're in deep s–––!" HA!
Gotta give Jen major props for telling it like it is. It's a serious problem and inequality that it's disappointing and frustrating that we're still facing more than half a century after activists like Gloria and Betty Friedan spoke out about how a woman's worth shouldn't be tied strictly to her marriage and kids. But maybe we should be grateful celebs like Jen and Beyonce (who touched on the same topic in her track "***Flawless" by sampling Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's TED talk) are bringing it up lately ...
Jen also deserves a pat on the back for standing up for herself. For pretty much saying that her marital status and the fact that she's not a mom (and may never be) is not only none of our friggin' business, but it doesn't make her any less valuable as a woman or human. So tabloids can just quitit with all the sensationalist, misogynistic, "boohoo, Jen's not married or a mom" dramz! She's 45 without a wedding band or baby bump -- and proud. Cheers to that!
Do you agree we still associate a woman's worth with their marital or parental status?
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