Just like her character in Sex and the City — the always confident, outspoken, "try-sexual" Samantha — Kim Cattrall has never given birth to or adopted any children. But that doesn't mean she doesn't consider herself a mother.
In fact, she scowls when people describe her as being "childless."
"I am a parent," Cattrall said on BBC 4's Woman's Hour. "I have young actors and actresses that I mentor. I have nieces and nephews that I'm very close to. I think the thing I find questionable about being childless or child-free is: 'Are you really?'
"There is a way to become a mother in this day and age that doesn't include your name on the child's birth certificate. You can express that maternal side of you very, very clearly, very strongly. It feels very satisfying."
Of course, she's not the only celebrity who has been criticized in the past for choosing not to have children of her own. Jennifer Aniston spoke out in Allure's January issue about being described as selfish for forgoing kids:
"I don't like [the pressure] that people put on me, on women — that you've failed yourself as a female because you haven't procreated. I don't think it's fair. You may not have a child come out of your vagina, but that doesn't mean you aren't mothering — dogs, friends, friends' children."
We love this new maternal movement — that, in order to be a mom, you don't need to have offspring. Your choice is the right choice.
Now, we're just wondering what it would be like to have Samantha as our mother. (Coolest. Mom. Ever.)
(h/t NY Mag)