The Switch

Abby - posted on 08/20/2010 ( 16 moms have responded )

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Bill O'Reilly grumped at Jennifer Aniston over her new movie "The Switch" saying that she is telling teenage girls that it's ok to have babies without daddy. Aniston said that she really thought through the role she was portraying before accepting the role. She said that she's glad that we've gotten to a place in the world where women who 'haven't found their Bill O'Reilly' have the option to have a family.



Do you think that these movies, that hollywood in general, give this idea to teenagers and women? Should women wait for "Prince Charming" as Aniston put it in the link below? Do you agree with O'Reilly or Aniston?



www.people.com/people/article/0,,20412790,00.html

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Tracey - posted on 08/24/2010

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I'm no more likely to go looking or a sperm donor / have a baby after seeing this film than I am to go on a killing spree having seen Natural Born Killers, or to start sucking blood after seeing Twilight. Films are fiction, an enjoyable way to spend an evening.

Do normal people really copy film plots? If this theory is true then the girls who want to be mummys after seeing this film should all have labrador puppies after watching Ms Aniston in Marley and Me.

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Stifler's - posted on 08/24/2010

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People actually do want to be vampires after seeing Twilight and all that haha but that is their choice I don't think it's the movie's fault at all that they can't control their imagination.

Stifler's - posted on 08/23/2010

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There are heaps of movies like this... the Backup plan, Baby Mama, this one...

I feel sorry for the kids who will never know who their father is or be allowed to contact them. But whatever.

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I don't think the movie encourages teen women to have babies this way...in fact I would wonder exactly how a teen woman would come to finance such a decision? It seems to me that teen women who wish to have kids are doing so all the time without having to resort to these measures... The movie, I thought, was about a woman of increasing age who wanted children and had yet to meet Mr. Right. I think that it is awesome that science has brought us (women) this option as women tend to work more towards their career goals and put off family it seems reasonable that this may be an ever increasing trend, but not the age group they discuss.

Jessica - posted on 08/22/2010

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Not everyone is lucky enough to find 'Mr Right' at an age that will give them a reasonable amount of time to develop the relationship, grow the relationship and get to a point where BOTH partners are ready for kids.

I agree with Ms. Aniston.

Abby - posted on 08/20/2010

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Oh I see, alright. Thanks for the heads up on that topic, I'll go look for it.

This isn't really about the sperm donor aspect of it. I am more asking do you think Hollywood, and, or movies such as The Switch, encourage this behavior like O'Reilly implies with his outbursts?

Personally, I think women are overall more independant in this day and age. I think Hollywood inflicts a lot of annoyance in issues such as this. I do think that the overall progression in medical science and womens social, financial and emotional independance makes these options more acceptable today.

Tara - posted on 08/20/2010

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This was recently discussed on a post I made titled "single women using sperm donors" or something like that. It was last week so you might have to look for it, but it was long and had a lot of good debates on both sides of the fence. My take is simple, no woman should have to have a man in her life if she is ready, willing and able to parent a child alone.

Johnny - posted on 08/20/2010

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I agree with Aniston. It's great to have to loving parents, no matter what their gender is, but if a person, man or woman, feels that they are capable of being a good parent and raising happy, successful kids, then they should do it.



I've known kids who've come from all sorts of family structures. Single divorced parents, traditional two parent families, single parents who conceived through sperm donor, and one with 2 sets of gay parents (lesbian moms & gay dads). Those I know with the least traditional family set-ups are actually some of the more well-adjusted and happy. I think this is because their parents put a great deal of consideration into their upbringing and their parenting choices. Just having a mom and a dad who live together in no way guarantees a happy childhood. I find that laughable.



Men do have an important role to play in raising children. My husband shares the "primary parent" role with me and no matter what happens between us, I expect him to always continue that. And my father is the primary caretaker for our daughter while I am at work. But if for some reason I hadn't been fortunate enough to find a good partner and have my dad around and willing to be involved, should that stop me from choosing motherhood? I do not think so, because I would have still been a good mom and I would have found a way to ensure that my child had good male role models.

Jodi - posted on 08/20/2010

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I know she has been under a bit of fire for her views, but I haven't actually seen anything where she is actively encouraging teen mums not to wait for Prince Charming. If she is, then I am totally against that - they have years to find Prince Charming. But as you get older, your biological clock does start to tick, and I don't agree with settling for someone just because you want a baby. Why not have one on your own if you are able to financially and emotionally support the child on your own? But I am not seeing anywhere that she is telling teenage girls it is ok......

Abby - posted on 08/20/2010

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Oh shoot, it won't work. I will copy and paste here;


Jennifer Aniston has a few choice words for Bill O'Reilly, who criticized her recent comments about single motherhood.

"Of course, the ideal scenario for parenting is obviously two parents of a mature age. Parenting is one of the hardest jobs on earth," Aniston tells PEOPLE exclusively. "And, of course, many women dream of finding Prince Charming (with fatherly instincts), but for those who've not yet found their Bill O'Reilly, I'm just glad science has provided a few other options."

Aniston, who is currently starring in The Switch, a film about a woman who gets pregnant using a sperm donor, told reporters recently that women no longer have to wait for the perfect guy to start a family.

"Women are realizing it more and more, knowing that they don't have to settle with a man just to have that child," the actress told reporters. "Love is love and family is what is around you and who is in your immediate sphere."

Last week, on his Fox News show, The O'Reilly Factor, the host called the actress's comments "destructive to our society," and accused her of "diminishing the role of the dad."

"Dads bring a psychology to children that is in this society, I believe, under-emphasized," he said. "I think men get hosed all day long in the parental arena."

Jodi - posted on 08/20/2010

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That link isn't working.......
can you put it in without the http and get it to work?

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