Jennifer Aniston’s Engagement Inspires Haters to Bash 'Older' Brides

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Jennifer Aniston and Justin TherouxDid you hear?! Jennifer Aniston is engaged! Ding dong ding!! Okay, I sympathize if you don't give a monkey's arse. I totally get it if you dread seeing every minute detail of her upcoming nuptials and potential reproduction shoved down your throats. But what bothers me is the rabid, frothing-at-the-mouth ageism that Jen's engagement has brought out in people.

Here's just a tiny fraction of the comments on stories about Jen's betrothal:

"Justin got his hooks into a desperate, rich old woman."

"She's too self-centered to have children, and she's already 43 years old, kinda old to be a first-time mother."

"Have you seen Jennifer Aniston photos on the news lately? She looks old and ugly."

Woah. Any man on the planet getting married for the second time at 43 years old wouldn't get any of these comments. But Jen really brings out the ageist haters.

Unless your first marriage was in your teens or early 20s, the 40s is the optimal age for a second marriage. And let's remember that it wasn't exactly Jen who chose to end her first one to Brad Pitt. What's she supposed to do now that she's past 40? Sit home alone for the rest of her life because she's hit an age where it's "unseemly" to get married again, while Brad single-handedly doubles the world population with Angelina Jolie?

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Even if this were Jen's first marriage, who cares?! More and more people are waiting to get married. They first want to finish school, establish their careers, have some money in the bank, or -- shocker! -- just wait for the right person. Trust me when I say I've seen some disastrous marriages when people rushed into things because they thought they "should" be married by a certain age.

So let's say you know a woman (because a man would never get these comments) who is getting married after age 40. Here's a few things you should tie your tongue into a knot rather than say:

"It's about time!"

"And they say a woman over 40 has a better chance of getting killed by a terrorist than getting married!" (Actually, that 20-year-old stat has been thoroughly debunked.)

"But do you think you can still have kids?" (Believe it or not, plenty of people get married not just for procreation.)

"Oh, thank god. I was getting worried." (Keep that to yourself, mothers.)

"Your engagement gives me hope it can happen for me too." (Seriously? This isn't about you.)

"Miracles happen!"

What's really being served here is a huge pitcher of haterade. Some middle-aged people look around at their lives and realize they accomplished few things they really wanted to. So they cling like fantatics to the things they did manage to accomplish: Marriage and procreation before 30!

Anyone who pushes their own choices on someone else is unhappy with their own choices. Happy people don't get upset when other people choose a different path from them. Misery, however, loves company.

Suck it up, haters. Jen's engaged, her fiancé is hot, and she looks better than you looked at 25.

Do you think some women are "too old" to get married?

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fleur... fleurdelys3110

No one is every to old to get married. It warms my heart when I read stories about 80 year olds who are giving marriage another go, either with a new or old partner.

nonmember avatar NoWay

I'm happy for her! I didn't realize 43 was old. I just got married two weeks ago. I'm 35 and my husband is 47. I never gave a thought that we are "too old"... and we don't plan on having more children (we each have two from previous marriages). We got married because we love each other. What a concept! Go Jen!

nonmember avatar Michelle

Amen, are spot on. And so what if she has kids or not? Forty-three is NOT TOO OLD for that either. Yeesh, leave the poor woman alone.

EmmaF... EmmaFromEire

I'm so, SO sick of the ''poor jen'' act. She's a grown ass woman. There's no set age for marriage!! And it only seems to be women that are so defined by their marital status. Bit of a sad comment on society really....

nonmember avatar Katy

WOW she's in her 40's!! I hope I look that great when I'm her age!! I'm happy for her she deserves happiness after home wrecker Angelina Jolie Stole her husband!!

Meg Moore

no one is too old to get aunt remarried at 60 at is very happy.

i just don't give a shit shes getting remarried..but i never had Rachel green love so maybe that's why i dont care,btw Jen is a home wrecker too.

Meg Moore

and you cant steal a husband as they are not objects you can put in a lock box.

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

I don't care how old she is. It's a second marriage, her first one failed, it's just not a big deal.

FourD... FourDaughtersMI

My grandpa got married at age 77 to the love of his life (indeed NOT my grandmother, who had passed). She was 73, and her husband had passed from cancer. They were like giggly teenagers around each other, and it was awesome to see! 

Torra... TorranceMom

Nah! You're never too old to get married. When two people are lucky enough to find love, should it matter how old they are?

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