She’s faced intense media scrutiny – particularly in recent weeks – over rumours of a pregnancy, and now Jennifer Aniston has slammed the “absurd and disturbing” media focus on her becoming a mother that has led to years of rumours and harassment.
In a blog for the Huffington Post, Jennifer denied that she is pregnant, before going on to address a “larger conversation that has already begun and needs to continue”, in reference to the scrutiny of celebrities, and particularly women, by the press. She said:
“For the record, 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.””
“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.”
Since her heartfelt letter, celebrities and public figures have shown their support for 47 year-old Jennifer, who has been married to Justin Theroux since 2015. The Guardian have penned an opinion piece, in which comedian and author Sara Benincasa writes: “Jennifer Aniston gets it, and she gets that she’s a big deal, and she gets that if she writes about something universal, it’ll draw more attention because she’s a big deal. And maybe, in using her privilege (earned and unearned) for a good reason, she’ll help some of the rest of us out…Now that’s a real star”
And social media is awash with comments about the blog post:
What do you think – could Jennifer’s essay change the topic of discussion around women and pregnancy?