"Not everyone who has a uterus has to have a child, just like not everyone with vocal cords has to be an opera singer."
Phrases like the one above make you think deeply about how women are victims of the constant pressure society applies. Choosing not to become a mother doesn't make a woman any less complete that women that that choose to have children.
Some women simply have other aspirations or are waiting for the right time. These famous women reveal why they did not want to be mothers.
# 1 Oprah Winfrey
"If I had children, they would hate me. They would have ended up in the program equivalent to the Oprah Show talking about me because someone (in my life) would have had to suffer and probably would have been them."
# 2 Jennifer Aniston
"I do not like the pressure that people put on me, about women. That you failed as a woman because you have not procreated. I feel it is not fair. A child may not have come out of your vagina, but that does not mean that you are not the mother of a dog, a friend, the son of a friend. All the time it is said that I have focused too much on my career and myself, that I do not want to be a mother and that it is very selfish."
# 3 Cameron Diaz
"Having children is a lot of work. Having lives beyond my own to be responsible for, I can not take on that responsibility. That has made things easier for me. A baby is a matter of the whole day, every day, for 18 years. Not having a baby can really make things easier, but that does not mean it's a simple decision. I like to protect people, but it never called me to be a mother."
# 4 Renée Zellweger
"Motherhood has never been my ambition. I do not think that way. I never had expectations like saying that when I was 19 I would do this, and by the time I was 25, I would do the other. I only take things when they come, every day at a time, and if things happen, everything is fine."
# 5 Jennifer Westfeldt
"I've thought about this a lot lately. I never thought I would reach this age without children. But my life has also gone through a million different paths that I had not anticipated. The chance that I repent does not seem to be a compelling enough reason to do so. I may wake up tomorrow with that idea in my head and do my best to make it happen."
# 6 Kim Cattrall
"I try not to listen you could or should, I try to go beyond the expectations, the pressure of my peers, or try to please. I think all the answers are in us. When I answer the questions about having children, I realize that most of the pressure I felt came from outside, and I knew that I was not ready to take that step to motherhood."
# 7 Khloé Kardashian
"People assume I'm desperate for a baby. And yes, I would love to have a baby. But I'm 28 years old and 3 years and a half married. I love my life and it does not seem to be incomplete at the moment."
Bearing children is a small piece of womanhood, and it is admirable for the famous women who do not want to be mothers or have yet to become mothers to stick to their guns. It’s a woman’s choice and they have the right to oppose the social mandate. We all must fight for that freedom of choice.
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