I don’t know how much Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman’s new movie, The Switch, is going to challenge ideas of conventional family structures like Aniston claims it will: it’s about a woman who plans to use a sperm donor to have a baby solo — until her doting best friend drunkenly switches his sperm with her donor. My guess? They fall in love and end up being the happy, nuclear family after all. (Not to mention consent issues are screaming here, but let’s save that for another post.)
Nonetheless, I still have to give Aniston props for her recent interview on the subject:
‘Women are realising it more and more knowing that they don’t have to settle with a man just to have that child.
“The point of the movie is, what is that which defines family? It isn’t necessarily the traditional mother, father, two children and a dog named Spot.”
“Love is love and family is what is around you.”
She also hinted to her own potential plans to have a baby, perhaps sans a father. Of course that gave right wing nutfuck Bill O’Reilly an opportunity to wag his finger at her apparently harmful message:
‘She’s throwing a message out to 12-year-olds and 13-year-olds that hey, you don’t need a guy, you don’t need a dad. That’s destructive to our society.’
After which Aniston responded to O’Reilly’s attack with what seems to be sarcastic awesomesauce:
“[O]f 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.”
Because it’d definitely be less “destructive” if her kid would have a racist, violence-baiting, victim-blaming stalker dad like Billy O. I think I’d take my chances without that charmer in my child’s life, thanks.