Jennifer Aniston Talks Pressure to Procreate

Kimberly RipleyLife

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Jennifer Aniston has spoken recently about the constant pressure she is faced with to have children, and how she doesn't like that pressure one bit.

"I don't like [the pressure] that people put on me, on women--that you've failed yourself as a female because you haven't procreated. I don't think it's fair. You may not have a child come out of your vagina, but that doesn't mean you aren't mothering--dogs, friends, friends' children," she says in the January issue of Allure magazine, which is due to hit news stands on December 23rd. Aniston also appears in the mag sans her top--which may be of even more interest to some readers than her interview.

Aniston and fiance Justin Theroux have been engaged since 2012, but that's not when people started wondering about the Friends star's biological clock. That started way back when she and Brad Pitt divorced. She also said in her Allure interview that some people see her as selfish, and that they believe that might be why she hasn't yet procreated.

"This continually is said about me: That I was so career-driven and focused on myself that I don't want to be a mother, and how selfish that is. Even saying it gets me a little tight in my throat," she explains.

Of her fiance, Jennifer Aniston says, "We're equals. He's a nurturer. He is so fiercely loyal. Beyond protective. I mean, the way he takes care of our dogs, he takes care of me, he takes care of friends."

Does that mean he will or won't want to take care of a baby or babies, too?

That's one of those intensely personal questions that Jennifer Aniston is likely beyond tired of answering.

Something Jen isn't tired of is her success as an actress. She reveled in that success yet again just last week, when she received a Golden Globe nomination for her role in the film Cake.

Jennifer Aniston's Golden Globe nod is the kind of thing people have the right to celebrate and ask her about--as are those topless photos in January's Allure. Whether or not she chooses--or is able--to procreate seems to be a rude case of stepping out of bounds.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.