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Jennifer Aniston has spoken out to defend women who don’t want children or the traditional “picket fence” life.
In a new interview on British TV’s “Lorraine,” the 47-year-old actress returned to a favorite recent theme: the problem of how society perceives women.
“We’re seeing women through that very narrow lens,” she told host Lorraine Kelly. “If we don’t have a baby, a white picket fence or a husband, then we’re useless and we’re not living up to our purpose.”
Aniston also points out that many of the people labeling her as a “sad, childless human” are women. “The names on these articles are usually women,” she adds. “It’s shocking to me that we are not changing the conversation.”
This is a conversation that Aniston is extremely familiar with.
In a previous op-ed on Huffington Post, Aniston wrote about the treatment of women in the media, saying that various things about her her lifestyle have been shamed.
“If I am some kind of symbol to some people out there, then clearly I am an example of the lens through which we, as a society, view our mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, female friends and colleagues,” she wrote. “The objectification and scrutiny we put women through is absurd and disturbing.”
And despite how some tabloids try and shape her story, Aniston has consistently reassured people that she’s satisfied with her life. “I’m not in pursuit of motherhood because I feel incomplete in some way,” she said in the op-ed.
Instead, she’s focusing on her career and her marriage to actor and writer Justin Theroux.
Jennifer Aniston’s new movie “Office Christmas Party is scheduled to release on Dec. 9. In the movie, she stars as the successful CEO of a company, which reflects her own success as an actress and producer.
And recently, Aniston told TV host Chelsea Handler that she may be ready to return to the small screen. “Television is where it’s at,” she said. “I really do believe the shows are more interesting. There’s more opportunity for women.”
However, as her interview with Lorraine Kelly revealed, “Friends” fans shouldn’t get their hopes up.
Although the actress said she’ll always look back on “Friends” with “huge” affection, she feels like social media has ruined the possibility of a reboot. “I think that period of time was sort of nostalgic,” Aniston said. “[It] was about a time where our faces weren’t shoved into cellphones … We were in a room together, a coffee shop together and we were talking.”
So instead of reuniting with her fellow co-stars for a new show, Aniston chooses to simply cherish those moments. “Not only was it a gift for us, but it’s something that people have been able to carry with them,” she added. “And it’s comfort food. It makes them feel better when they’re feeling down.”
Watch the video above to hear Jennifer Aniston talk about her career, her life and “Friends.”