Jennifer Aniston Calls Out Decades of "Disturbing" Tabloid Rumors: "I’m Fed Up"
The actress addressed media scrutiny and objectification in a candid blog post.
For decades, rumors about Jennifer Aniston's personal life (specifically, whether or not the actress is pregnant) have been smeared across the tabloids.
On Tuesday, the actress finally addressed these rumors once and for all, penning a candid blog post for The Huffington Post in which she addresses the toll of constant judgment.
"For the record, I am not pregnant," she writes. "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.'"
She goes on to critique the nature of the tabloid cycle, noting that not only does the constant stalking of her and her husband, Justin Theroux, occasionally put innocent pedestrians in harm's way (literally), but it also reflects the "warped way we calculate a woman's worth."
"The objectification and scrutiny we put women through is absurd and disturbing," notes the 47-year-old. "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."
Additionally, Aniston confronts the intense judgment women face should they choose to opt out of the traditional, married-with-children lifestyle. "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." And should she become a mother in the future, Aniston writes, "I will be the first to let you know."
The actress, who noted that she hoped her essay would further the larger conversation about how society views women, concludes: "Here’s where I come out on this topic: we are complete with or without a mate, with or without a child."