Jennifer Aniston Thinks Fathers are Optional – Are Fathers Really Needed?

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America’s sweetheart, Jennifer Aniston is being criticized for her non traditional outlook on parenting.

Aniston, who stars in the upcoming flick The Switch has been suggesting that raising children with fathers is an option rather than a necessity. This view has caused a mild media outrage.

According to Jennifer thinks that “Women are realizing more and more that you don’t have to settle, they don’t have to fiddle with a man to have that child,” Aniston said. “They are realizing if it’s that time in their life and they want this part they can do it with or without that.” “That,” in this case refers to a man.

Photo by: H6023F/AAD/ 2010 7/21/10 Jennifer Aniston at her fragrance launch for Lolavie at Harrods Department Store. (London, England) Photo via Newscom

Many who have heard and read her comments are accusing her of having an unrealistic outlook on raising a child. What these people seem to have overlooked is that having children is something that there is a time limit on. If one fails to locate Mr. Right in the given time are they now doomed to be childless?

Jennifer, 41, has had many ups and downs in her personal life and has been often publicized as wanting children. Popeater reports that she still wishes to be a mother. “Yah, I’ve said it years before,” said Aniston. “I still say it. That’s today. Yah.”

One has to wonder if her comments are not only influenced by her latest movie, but rather thoughts she has about her possible children. When questioned on the matter, Jennifer said she didn’t “have plans” for her own insemination all the wile defending the rights of those who do choose it.

When asked if she had thought of potentially being a single mom, she responded “Of course. You know, as life evolves and as things change. Also, we have so many options and choices these days, which is quite a wonderful thing. Way more than our parents did in the day.”

The fact of the matter is that if one wants a child and can provide for that child – both in love and financial security, why should they not have a child by themselves? A father is nice, but not necessary. Who’s to say that somewhere down the line a father figure won’t come into their life? Having a father isn’t a one-shot deal, nor is it a guarantee. Men come and go within our lives whether or not they fathered our child. Perhaps she’s looking at things realistically after all.

Jennifer plays a woman who decides to get pregnant via artificial insemination in The Switch. You can see her tackle single parenting on August 20.

Do you think she’s considered being a single parent herself? How do you feel about Jennifer’s comments? Do you think that fathers are optional in the task of raising children?

© August 11, 2010 Jennifer Neff for

Sources:, Fox News, The Examiner, Popeater

Photo Credit: Picapp

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