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Actress Jennifer Aniston has penned a powerful letter on The Huffington Post following weeks of speculation on her marriage and pregnancy rumours after pictures of her on the beach with husband Justin Theroux were published.
Fed up with the constant scrutiny and impossible beauty standards she is held up to, she wrote, “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’.”
Like many newlyweds (she got married last year), she is constantly asked if she is having a baby, and pictures of her tummy are scrutinised daily to see if it could be more rounded due to pregnancy – pretty horrible we think you’ll agree.
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She wrote, “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.
“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. 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.
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“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).”
She also slammed the media for implying her marriage is on the rocks “because the camera detects some physical ‘imperfection’”.
Finally, she said that while she can’t force the tabloid culture change anytime soon, she called on consumers to simply stop “buying the b******t.”