Last Christmas Wham
She’s been pregnant every year since forever, right? Her every outfit scrutinised by the tabloids and as for the incessant, “is she or isn’t she?”, well she's had enough and she's saying so, loud and clear.
“For the record, I am not pregnant. What I am is fed up.” is exactly what Jennifer Aniston said in a powerful piece of writing where she describes the objectification women are subjected to as 'disgusting'.
She’s totally had it with being judged for not being a mother and for the endless speculation that goes with being 47 and never having had a child and she has a very strong response.
In a blog post to The Huffington Post she writes:
“...the stalking and objectification I’ve experienced first-hand, going on decades now, reflects the warped way we calculate a woman’s worth.”
Just a few weeks ago Jennifer Aniston endured what she has dubbed, “the bajillionth” round of pregnancy rumours, after being photographed in a bikini on the beach in the Bahamas. She felt compelled to ask her publicist to refute the rumours and explain that she had simply just had lunch.
Jennifer Aniston with husband Justin Theroux
Aniston who first appeared in Friends in 1994 said that while she always dismissed celebrity gossip, the years of pregnancy speculation and body shaming or picking over the details of her relationships had worn her down to the point where she feels she must speak out for the greater good.
She says: "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."
A favourite target for the tabloids over the last 10 years, Aniston said she came to see that type of press as "comic books", there to be laughed about, but eventually after enduring over 10 years of scrutiny she decided she must do something as the more she experienced first hand how the wrath of the tabloids made people feel the more unhappy she became.
"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."
Such powerful words for a generation of women from a woman who clearly refuses to accept what has become "the norm" in the way women are treated by the media.