Jennifer Aniston pens powerful article about ‘sport-like’ body shaming
In a blog for the Huffington Post, Jennifer Aniston expresses her frustration about being reduced to her marital and maternal status.
The Friends actress voices her concerns about the body shaming and objectification of women, saying:
“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.”
She further calls out the celebrity news cycle and the damaging effects it has on young girls and women:
“Little girls everywhere are absorbing our agreement, passive or otherwise. And it begins early. 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. This conditioning is something girls then carry into womanhood. 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 also addresses the tabloid pregnancy rumours directly:
“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.””
"We are complete with or without a mate, with or without a child.
"We don't need to be married or mothers to be complete. We get to determine our own 'happily ever after' for ourselves."