Jennifer Aniston has been constantly surrounded by rumors of pregnancy since the early 2000’s. She is never one to address rumors head on and usually lets them fizzle out like they always do but this time she is taking a stance. At Huffington Post, Jennifer wrote a blog post about the ‘dehumanizing’ behavior she faces daily and how it affects women everywhere.
“For the record, I am not pregnant. What I am is fed up. I’m fed up with the sport-like scrutiny and body shaming that occurs daily under the guise of “journalism,” the “First Amendment” and “celebrity news.”
Aniston goes on to talk about the relentless harassment she faces daily from paparazzi to tabloid rumors. Her bigger point is much more then a celebrity wanting privacy but the cultural perception and how it trickles down in society especially with females.
“We use celebrity “news” to perpetuate this dehumanizing view of females, focused solely on one’s physical appearance, which tabloids turn into a sporting event of speculation. Is she pregnant? Is she eating too much? Has she let herself go? Is her marriage on the rocks because the camera detects some physical “imperfection”?”
Aniston shows how articles biased against her show how women are only valued for their martial status and motherhood rather than themselves. She reaffirms that females are much more than who they are dating/married too and whether or not they have children. She has created such an extensive career without a man and has shown she can stand on her own two feet, Now she has a partner (Justin Theroux) by her side, the tabloids attack her relentless with ‘baby watches’ as if she needs a child to have their version of a perfect life.
“We don’t need to be married or mothers to be complete. We get to determine our own “happily ever after” for ourselves”
She has continually been harassed and objectified because she was not married for a long time and now because of her lack of child. What does this say to all the young women out there reading things like this? Aniston speaking out about the true value of women and how we ourselves can create a happy ending without what society wants is empowering. We shouldn’t focus on the lies we are continually told by tabloids. We must look to ourselves and reassure one another and to not let anyone say we can’t or let anyone hurt our self esteem.
Thank you Jennifer, for standing up for yourself and for standing up for all women.
To read the full blog post at Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/for-the-record_us_57855586e4b03fc3ee4e626f
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