Childless women in the public eye are often tormented by the question: “Then why don’t you have children?” This is a deeply personal question with many possible answers. But if a woman doesn’t want children and she says so publicly, she is bound to face some sort of judgment.
”[I don’t] like [the pressure] People are criticizing me and women, saying that you fail as a woman because you haven’t had children.I don’t think that’s fair,” Jennifer Aniston told Allure. “You may not have a baby coming out of your vagina, but that doesn’t mean you’re not a mother. It’s a dog, a friend, a friend’s child.”
In the Monday, March 6th episode, “Diary of a CEO” On his podcast, host Stephen Bartlett asked actor Seth Rogen about why he doesn’t have children, marking a rare moment for a man in the public eye to disagree on the subject. Rogen thoughtfully explained his and Lauren Miller’s decision not to have children.
Rogen and Miller married in 2011.
“What I’m not doing is raising children.” Rogen told Bartlett. Trying to play devil’s advocate, the host asked Rogen whether he thought having children made him and his wife “happier.”
“I don’t think so,” Rogen replied.
And as if anticipating that question, the “Pineapple Express” star talked about one of the arguments people with kids often make: People without kids don’t know what it’s like to have kids. The claim was overturned.
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“I’ve obviously been around a lot of kids. It’s not like I don’t know what it’s like…Everyone I know has kids. I’m 40 years old. , you know? I know,” Rogen said. “Some of my friends have had kids for decades. Some want kids, some don’t.”
He added that many people seem to be having children without considering this issue.
“I mean, honestly, from what I’ve seen, a lot of people have kids before they even think about it,” he said. “You just have to be told, you go on with your life, you get married, you have kids, and that’s what happens.”
Rogen and his wife grew stronger about that decision and believe it helped their relationship.
“Now more than anything, the conversation is, ‘To be honest, thank God we don’t have kids,'” he continued. “We can do whatever we want.”
“We are now in the prime of our lives. We are smarter than ever before, we understand ourselves more than ever, and we are able to achieve a certain level of work, a certain communication, and a certain level of consideration for each other. We have the ability, we have a lifestyle where we can live in cooperation with each other, which we have not been able to survive before. And we just have to do that, and we don’t have to raise children. “No, but the world doesn’t need it right now,” Rogen concluded.
Everyone has the right to choose whether or not to have children, and no one has the right to judge them. Rogen and Miller should be commended for thinking through their decisions and living the way they think they deserve. It’s cool to see Rogen have such thoughtful opinions on this issue. It would be even better if celebrities didn’t have to discuss the topic in the first place.
This article was originally published on 3.9.23.