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When it comes to the decision of whether -- or when -- to have babies, the most intrusive thing that most women have to deal with is mom and dad nagging them about grandchildren. This, however, is not the case for female celebrities whose choices and opinions on procreating have made headlines and become media fodder. Can't a famous girl catch a break when it comes to matters of the womb?
It's no surprise to see Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly's name linked to controversy -- it's just a bit unusual when the controversy surrounds a Hollywood starlet like Jennifer Aniston. "Women are realizing it more and more knowing that they don't have to settle with a man just to have that child," Aniston said while promoting The Switch, her new film about a woman who is artificially inseminated. A furious O'Reilly then called Aniston "destructive to our society" for her alternative view on parenting and family, and went on to defend the honor of men and fathers everywhere. Aniston fired back, telling People magazine, "Of course, the ideal scenario for parenting is obviously two parents of a mature age. Parenting is one of the hardest jobs on earth... but for those who've not yet found their Bill O'Reilly, I'm just glad science has provided a few other options."
So what happens if Aniston, who is now 41, decides to go for single motherhood? Does it matter if she chooses to reproduce biologically or adopt? Will we see live coverage of O'Reilly and his cronies picketing the hospital or her home? Or maybe a counter demonstration where Aniston is joined by celeb single parents like Sheryl Crow, Madonna and Sandra Bullock? How far will it go and where does the line get drawn?
Plus, according to Forbes magazine, Aniston made $27 million in the past year, so she definitely has the financial means to be a single parent. I'm not saying that money will make Aniston a better mother, but with that kind of cash, she could hire enough qualified dads to satiate even Bill O'Reilly. So Bill, just chill -- an Aniston baby is one kid who need not worry about being cared for or raised well.
Let's face it, we're no longer in an age where famous women like Lucille Ball have to conservatively announce to the media that they are "expecting." Instead of carefully worded, delicate press releases, we get the Duggars -- of TLC's 19 Kids & Counting -- saying that they're open to a 20th baby on the Today show and Millionaire Matchmaker's Patti Stanger using Twitter to announce her broken engagement caused by her wanting kids. Recently even Beyoncé Knowles had to publicly defend her decision not to have children yet with her husband of two years, Jay-Z, telling U.K. magazine You that there are "no dates, no times -- it will happen when I am ready." Good for Beyoncé and Aniston for speaking up for themselves. And as for Bill O'Reilly, who seems so passionate about fatherhood, perhaps his next move will be to criticize George Clooney for his choice (so far) not to be a father?
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