Sadly, in this pronatalist culture, women are still judged by the motherhood parameter. Women who have children are seen more positively than women who elect not to have children. Motherhood is to an extent deified in our society. Mothers are seen to be feminine, mature, responsible, and other positive adjectives. There are those who strongly insist that a woman is not a woman until she bears children.
As a result of this incessant inculcation, there are women who have children for the sake of parental and other societal approval. Many much to their regret later on. If one goes to a store, he/she will see mothers regularly shouting and screaming at their children. One would also see mothers state that they will be glad when summer is over and the children are "out of their hair". Also, one would see mothers rejoice at the fact that their children are in boarding school so they have can have time for themselves. This is indicative of women being reluctant mothers.
There are women who clearly are not cut out to be mothers; unfortunately, they yield to motherhood because of outside pressure. Only a small percentage of women are unapologetic in not wanting children. They stick by their decision, withstanding societal and other pressures and suggestions. Ms. Aniston should tell her distractors to --------- off and mind their own affairs. Not to digress, if more women taught carefully before having children, the majority of societal problems would cease.
Women who are childfree are not selfish in the least. One can say that they are the most unselfish of all. They thought long and hard before making their decision. There are very selfish women who are mothers e.g. Michelle Duggar who have children to satisfy her ego, wants, and needs, not caring one iota about the welfare of her children. Women who are childfree, if they have maternal needs, can express such needs through volunteering with disadvantaged/homeless children and/or caring for the more vulnerable elements of society. Another inane myth is that childfree women hate children. Well a few do, most do not. I am a childfree women who see all children as my children.