Jennifer Aniston sets herself up for ridicule again

Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesKevin Winter/Getty ImagesJennifer Aniston has signed on to star in an upcoming movie called "Pumas," where "two thirty-something women make a habit of romancing younger men and take a French skiing vacation that challenges their romantic expectations." In other words, they're cougars, and once again Aniston will be pegged as a woman hyper-focused on dating. What's funny is, earlier this year Aniston claimed, "there are too many movies out there that don't empower women, movies in which their only way of being happy is finding a man. And you know, that's not my favorite theme." Um... but that has been the theme of nearly every movie she's made!

Why does she continue to do this to herself? After being constantly mocked for a long string of unfortunately titled films like "Derailed," "The Breakup," and "He's Just Not That Into You," you'd think that Aniston would get the point. But then she signs up for "The Baster," a movie about a 40-year-old who uses a turkey baster and sperm sample to get pregnant. What is her reasoning here? Does she enjoy perpetuating the media's one-dimensional depiction of herself as a lonely, desperate woman whose husband left her? That representation very well may be far from reality, but the way the media paints her, combined with her career choices and the way she continues to publicly rehash her private life will never allow us to see her in another light. When Jen brings up Brad and Angelina or takes on "poor me" type movie roles people assume she hasn't moved on from her divorce and is upset with her own life. We wish she would stop feeding desperate reporters with the same regurgitated quotes and try out some less predictable characters on-screen.

We know Aniston can act, and we know she can be funny. Yes, it's unfortunate for the actress that she is consistently depicted in a particular way, but it is up to her and her agent and publicity team to change that. We're hoping someday soon they will. [Variety][US]