It’s official: Jennifer Aniston wants the world to know she’s not pregnant.
What she is, however, is fed up. In a new post penned for the Huffington Post, titled “For the Record,” the actress says, “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.'”
While Aniston is the not the first celebrity to shed light on the outrageous expectations that the media has for female stars, she skillfully calls out the media’s obsession with putting women in neat categories—AKA she’s either happily married or sad and single, pregnant or “letting herself go.”
“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,” she explains.
“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'”
As a celebrity whose love life has been splashed across tabloids and written about incessantly online for the better part of the last two decades, Aniston is no stranger to this scrutiny. However, what upsets her most is not being in the public eye, but the effect this coverage has on little girls everywhere.
“The message that girls are not pretty unless they’re incredibly thin, that they’re not worthy of our attention unless they look like a supermodel or an actress on the cover of a magazine is something we’re all willingly buying into,” she writes. “This conditioning is something girls then carry into womanhood. We use celebrity ‘news’ to perpetuate this dehumanizing view of females.”
While Aniston says that a baby isn’t completely off the table for her down the line, she’s done with being made to feel “less than” because normal body changes—or the fact that she had a burger for lunch—will set off crazy “bumpwatch” alarms.
And she wants all of us (yes, you reading a Star magazine at the nail salon!) to do our part to change things. “We get to decide how much we buy into what’s being served up, and maybe some day the tabloids will be forced to see the world through a different, more humanized lens because consumers have just stopped buying the bullshit.”
In the words of her beau, Justin Theroux: You go girl.
How is Aniston staying even-keel during all of this? Her workout routine, which gets her body (and mind) in tip-top shape, may have something to do with it. May we suggest this happiness workout, for an extra boost?