Jennifer Aniston says she is “fed up” with the “absurd and disturbing” scrutiny of women as she denied reports suggesting she is pregnant. The 47-year-old actress issued a lengthy statement criticising tabloid claims that she and her husband Justin Theroux were expecting their first child.“For the record, I am not pregnant. What I am is fed up,” Jennifer wrote in an essay published by the Huffington Post. “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’.“
The objectification and scrutiny we put women through is absurd and disturbing. 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.
The Friends star said young girls were absorbing “toxic messages buried within these seemingly harmless stories”. In a lengthy diatribe, Aniston said celebrity news was perpetuating a dehumanising view of women. “The message that girls are not pretty unless they’re incredibly thin, that they’re not worthy of our attention unless they look like a supermodel or an actress on the cover of a magazine is something we’re all willingly buying into,” she wrote. “This conditioning is something girls then carry into womanhood.” She added that she may become a mother in the future but she believed “we are complete with or without a mate, with or without a child”.
I resent being made to feel ‘less than’ because my body is changing and/or I had a burger for lunch and was photographed from a weird angle and therefore deemed one of two things: ‘pregnant’ or ‘fat’.