Perhaps no one understands the scrutiny of whether or not she will become a parent than actress Jennifer Aniston. She has been photographed numerous times over decades with a supposed “baby bump” as tabloid writers tease the idea that she has finally joined the ranks of motherhood. The actress has finally decided enough is enough and recently penned an essay published in the Huffington Post denying pregnancy rumors and sending a strong message about the problem women face being scrutinized and exploited.
The actress starts off by denying pregnancy rumors and admitting she has come to a point where she is simply “fed up” with the way she and other women are treated. She writes about how she believes the way she is treated is not unsimilar to how women everywhere are being treated. She says, “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.”
She goes on to explain how tabloid stories help to perpetuate ideas that are easily absorbed by young girls, like they are not pretty enough unless they are supermodel thin. Aniston writes, “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’?”
The pregnancy and marriage rumors in particular have led the actress to question the importance society places on women to find a partner and bare children. She writes, “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. That decision is ours and ours alone. Let’s make that decision for ourselves and for the young women in this world who look to us as examples. Let’s make that decision consciously, outside of the tabloid noise. We don’t need to be married or mothers to be complete. We get to determine our own “happily ever after” for ourselves.”
What do you think of Jennifer Aniston’s essay speaking out about the media and scrutiny over pregnancy rumors?
Why do you think such scrutiny has been placed on this actress in particular?