Okay, so we’re loving Jennifer Aniston this morning… the Hollywood actress has penned a powerful essay for the Huffington Post addressing the media scrutiny she gets over the constant rumours that she’s pregnant, and the body shaming that goes along with it.
All of the words are from Jennifer Aniston – even the headline, which read, “For The Record.”. Jen worked with the Huffington Post‘s co-founder and president Arianna Huffington to get the words online, and it’s being translated in 15 languages to really get the message across.
She begins: “Let me start by saying that addressing gossip is something I have never done. I don’t like to give energy to the business of lies, but I wanted to participate in a larger conversation that has already begun and needs to continue. Since I’m not on social media, I decided to put my thoughts here in writing.
“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.”
Later, she continues: “The way I am portrayed by the media is simply a reflection of how we see and portray women in general, measured against some warped standard of beauty.”
After the Friends star was papped in the Bahamas last month, one photo sparked speculation that she was pregnant. Her rep was forced to deny the rumours, but Jen has now told her side of the story: “This past month in particular has illuminated for me how much we define a woman’s value based on her marital and maternal status. The sheer amount of resources being spent right now by press trying to simply uncover whether or not I am pregnant (for the bajillionth time… but who’s counting) points to the perpetuation of this notion that women are somehow incomplete, unsuccessful, or unhappy if they’re not married with children. In this last boring news cycle about my personal life there have been mass shootings, wildfires, major decisions by the Supreme Court, an upcoming election, and any number of more newsworthy issues that “journalists” could dedicate their resources towards.”
She continues further about “the painful awkwardness that comes with being congratulated by friends, coworkers and strangers alike on one’s fictional pregnancy (often a dozen times in a single day).”
“I used to tell myself that tabloids were like comic books, not to be taken seriously, just a soap opera for people to follow when they need a distraction,” Aniston writes. “But I really can’t tell myself that anymore because the reality is the stalking and objectification I’ve experienced first-hand, going on decades now, reflects the warped way we calculate a woman’s worth.”
You can read the full essay here, but Jennifer ends her piece saying: “We get to decide how much we buy into what’s being served up, maybe some day the tabloids will be forced to see the world through a different, more humanized lens because consumers have just stopped buying the bullshit.”
Jen-An, we salute you.