Actress Jennifer Aniston penned a powerful essay where she dispelled myths that she is pregnant. She took the time to touch on the frustration that most women often feel, that their body images and worth in society is based upon those images and roles. Aniston made it clear that women are complete, regardless of whether they are wives or mothers, and that these roles don’t define a woman’s worth.
The Chicago Tribune reported that Jennifer Aniston’s essay should be required reading. Aniston wrote an essay for the Huffington Post that expressed her frustration over how people can often be dehumanized because of a modicum of fame. She expressed her frustration over how women are often defined in society.
“If I am some kind of symbol to some people out there, then clearly I am an example of the lens through which we, as a society, view our mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, female friends and colleagues. 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. Sometimes cultural standards just need a different perspective so we can see them for what they really are — a collective acceptance… a subconscious agreement.”
— Lauren Jauregui (@LaurenJauregui) July 13, 2016
Recently many people have speculated on whether or not Aniston was pregnant, and she said no. Aniston said that little girls were being conditioned from an early age to accept this role instead of defining for themselves what they wanted to be.
Harper’s Bazaar reported that over the past decade, Jennifer Aniston has been repeatedly reported as being pregnant. She has also been a repeated target of the tabloids because of the pregnancy rumors, as well as relationship rumors and body shaming. In her essay, Aniston lashes out against the tabloids and how they objectify women. She stated that the tabloids objectify women and set the standard for how women are viewed within society, including the body shaming and sport-like scrutiny that occurs under the guise of journalism and the First Amendment.
After having to deny pregnancy rumours, Jennifer Aniston asks why women are still judged on motherhood & marriage.https://t.co/LdB1Ijo3kf
— BBC Three (@bbcthree) July 13, 2016
The Guardian reported that Jennifer Aniston is fed up, and millions of women understand how she feels. Aniston, who is married to writer, actor and producer Justin Theroux, is often the target of the tabloids because of the false pregnancies, as well the star power of both she and her husband.
She has long been known not to speak of how she is treated in the public eye or how women are treated in general. Aniston doesn’t engage in gossip, nor does she trash talk. Although Jennifer Aniston isn’t the typical girl next door because she is constantly in the public eye, she offered up a broader application of how women are placed under a microscope and are questioned on every decision from birth control to delaying motherhood.
Justin Theroux applauds Jennifer Aniston after her powerful essay goes viral https://t.co/QnW9vwiabe
— TIME.com (@TIME) July 13, 2016
Mashable reported that Jennifer Aniston blasted the sport-like body in her blog post for the Huffington Post. The post made it clear than Aniston is fed up with the way the tabloids scrutinize celebrity culture and then how the paparazzi swarm around her and her husband. Aniston doesn’t use social media the way many celebrities do, so the blog post was a rare opportunity to read the thoughts of one of America’s most popular stars.
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