Jennifer Aniston wants you to know that She. Is. Not. Pregnant.
Not only that, but she is tired of paparazzi taking photos of her body, endlessly commenting on its beauty, its form, whether she’s in shape or out-of-shape (and why). “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,'” the actress writes in a powerful editorial in The Huffington Post.
While she has been enduring the harassment of “dozens of aggressive photographers” for decades now, Aniston is concerned with the message that the photos taken of her and rumors spread by gossip magazines are spreading. She writes:
And it’s not just about but body shaming, she says. That tabloids’ obsession with the status of her womb also perpetuates the idea that a woman’s self-worth is determined by whether she has a partner or children. “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 writes.
The Friends actress wants all women to know: “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.”