In what could be one of the most poignant letters to the masses regarding both celebrity judgement and judgement on females, Jennifer Aniston has let it all out.
She wrote a very thoughtful letter detailing how hard it is to be a woman as women are judged in so many ways. This includes her appearance, her marital status, her age, and whether she has children or doesn’t have children.
For the longest time, Aniston has been ridiculed in tabloids and often questioned on whether or not she was finally pregnant. She has also been judged on her relationships since Brad Pitt and has been considered someone who can’t keep a man. She has proudly kept one for years now; husband Justin Theroux.
In her letter, the 47-year old actress wrote, “For the record, I am not pregnant.”
Well there it is. All those pictures of her with a slight belly caught by paparazzi may have just been her dinner still trying to settle.
She continues, “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.'”
“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,” she continued. “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.”
Preach on Jen!
“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. … Here’s where I come out on this topic: we are complete with or without a mate, with or without a child. We get to decide for ourselves what is beautiful when it comes to our bodies.
“Yes, I may become a mother some day, and since I’m laying it all out there, if I ever do, I will be the first to let you know,” she wrote. “But I’m not in pursuit of motherhood because I feel incomplete in some way, as our celebrity news culture would lead us all to believe. 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.’ Not to mention 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).”
Jennifer has been known to stay away from tabloid gossip and has rarely commented on it. This letter hopefully has put a lot of people in their place.