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    Zooey Deschanel: Not Every Woman Is 'Dying To Give Birth'

    Lest the doe-eyes and vintage flair fool anyone, Zooey Deschanel has reminded us of one thing she is decidedly non-retro about.

    In the July issue of InStyle, Deschanel tells writer Mike Albo that she's sick of the sexist double standard implicit in the "do you want kids" question:

        'Like every woman is dying to give birth! I don’t think so. Nobody asks guys that,' she says, gaining steam. 'And you go into a supermarket and every tabloid is like, ‘Pregnant and Alone!’ Stuck in the 1950s ideal of how a woman should live her life. This brings out the fiery feminist in me,' she pronounces.

    Deschanel's words ring true in a culture that tends to view childfree women of a certain age as sad victims of circumstance rather than individuals making a valid choice. But the 34-year-old "New Girl" star is in pretty good company: Cameron Diaz explained her childfree status to Esquire earlier this month, saying "I'm just what I am. I work on what I am. Right now, I think, things are good for me. I've done a lot."

    Given all the perks of being childfree, it's confusing why anyone expects women to become pregnant before they are certain they'd like to birth a new human and raise it for 18 years. Comments like Deschanel's chip away at the antiquated notion that women are in a race to procreate.

    With a hit television series, capsule collection for Tommy Hilfiger, an upcoming album, a successful website and three upcoming films, we'd say there's no room on Deschanel's plate for baby food. Perhaps, one fine day, people will stop asking when there might be.

    Zooey Deschanel Fights Back Against Insulting Column And Supposed Anti-LA Remark

    It's no secret that esteemed journalist Patt Morrison is a die-hard Angelino--but no one knew to what end. When Morrison got wind of an alleged anti-La La Land slight by the doe-eyed Zooey Deschanel, the gloves came off.

    The opening line of the LA Times opinion column yesterday read, "I can't believe Zooey Deschanel is really the snobby cow she came off sounding like Saturday evening."

    As a guest of the BAFTA gala, along with The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Deschanel worried that the surroundings wouldn't meet their approval. "I just don't want them to see the worst of L.A," the actress said.

    Morrison's article straddles the line between love letter and hate letter--outlining Downtown LA's royal-worthy qualities while continually expressing her shock and scorn over Deschanel's comment. "I cannot apologize enough to Ms. Deschanel that in some places, the sidewalks do not smell like Jo Malone candles."

    When Deschanel read Morrison's column, the star decided to fight fire with fire and compose a written response on her website. In it, the actress said that her quote was "taken completely out of context" and was supposed to be humorous. Deschanel also bats down a lot of the writer's accusations and proclaims her "love" of Downtown LA.

    Deschanel addressed Morrison's biting insult toward the end of her letter, "You also open your piece by calling me a "cow", which might be your opinion, but I wish a journalist for the Los Angeles Times and KPCC had found a more sophisticated way of sharing a difference in perceived opinion."

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