Jennifer Aniston released an essay earlier this week in regard to recent pregnancy rumors.
In her post, which was shared on July 12 by The Huffington Post, Jennifer Aniston confirmed she was not expecting a child and slammed reports suggesting she, and other women, couldn’t possibly be happy until they welcome a child.
“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,'” Jennifer Aniston wrote in her essay titled, “For the Record.”
Jennifer Aniston wrote a scathing essay about how she’s ‘fed up’ https://t.co/Qd3sEmUWBD
— TIME.com (@TIME) July 13, 2016
After expressing her frustration in being “stalked” outside of the home she shares with husband Justin Theroux, Jennifer Aniston turned her spotlight to what she referred to as a “warped standard of beauty.”
“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,” Jennifer Aniston wrote. “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.”
Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux traveled to the Bahamas to celebrate their one-year wedding anniversary a couple of months early in June, and while there, several photos of Aniston were snapped, which seemed to show signs of a baby bump. However, according to the 47-year-old actress’ rep, she had simply had a big lunch. Either way, Jennifer Aniston was understandably disturbed by claims of a baby bump and feels the allegations send the wrong message to women everywhere.
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) July 13, 2016
Jennifer Aniston went on to reveal how the worth of a woman is currently based on their relationship status and their ability to settle down and start a family, rather than their own accomplishments as an individual or the good they do for society.
As Aniston explained, she’s experienced “stalking and objectification” for decades due to her career and many highly publicized relationships with other celebrities, including former husband Brad Pitt and former boyfriends, including Vince Vaughn and John Mayer.
“This past month in particular has illuminated for me how much we define a woman’s value based on her marital and maternal status,” she said, noting the ongoing speculation into her non-existent pregnancy, which was first reported by In Touch Weekly in June.
She continued, “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.”
Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux haven’t yet welcomed any children, but in several interviews, as well as her essay for The Huffington Post, she has expressed interest in becoming a mother in the future. However, despite the ongoing reports of a secret pregnancy, Aniston has assured fans that she will confirm news of her possible future pregnancy with the press once and if it happens.
Jennifer Aniston began dating Theroux in May 2011 and became engaged one year later. Then, in August of last year, surrounded by their closest friends and family, including television host Ellen Degeneres and her wife Portia De Rossi, Aniston and Theroux said their I dos at their Bel Air, California home.
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