The "Friends" alum, who covers the beauty magazine's January issue in a shimmering Donna Karan New York gown and goes topless inside, flat-out says that people unnecessarily "overcomplicate" feminism.
"It's simply believing in equality between men and women. Pretty basic," the 45-year-old said.
Aniston's relationships and her nonexistent baby bump have been tabloid fodder for years, and she believes it's unfair that so much pressure is put on women to be moms.
"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," she said.
"This continually is said about me: that I was so career-driven and focused on myself; that I don't want to be a mother, and how selfish that is."
And if you think you've heard it all before about her -- the lack of kids, the career criticism, the failed marriage to Brad Pitt and her perpetually imminent wedding to actor
Aniston plays against type and had to go through several physical changes for her upcoming role in "Cake," a drama about a woman in chronic pain after a car accident (a role that earned her SAG Award and Golden Globe nominations last week). She said she let herself "fall apart" as Claire and during filming stopped wearing makeup, shaving and looking in mirrors. A prosthetic scar was placed on her chin too. Now, after all these years in the film industry, the comely star is finally hearing awards buzz, but she thinks even that is unfair.
"A woman going physically unattractive is where you get recognition and some sort of respect. You read things like, 'Oh, finally, she's acting!'" she scoffed, adding that paying more attention to a woman's appearance in a film is "quite sexist, to be honest, because men don't get that."