Jennifer Aniston has been the subject of tabloid exploitation for two decades now and has finally spoken up asking for a change to body shaming and an end to the speculation of her uterus.
Source: Bang Showbiz
She addressed the gossip by saying, "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."
Aniston went on to blast the media, arguing that celebrity news perpetuated "this dehumanising view of females, focused solely on one's physical appearance."
The scrutiny 47-year-old Aniston endures does not end at the pregnancy rumours of late. After being cast as America's girl next door, Rachel Green in popular TV show Friends, tabloids, gossip magazines and websites have speculated every step of the 'it girl's' life.
Following her split with ex-husband Brad Pitt she was portrayed as a "scorned wife", and then turning 40 the GQ article "Lordy, Lordy, this woman is 40" appeared and she was known to the media as the 'single aging woman', reports The New York Times.
"The objectification and scrutiny we put women through is absurd and disturbing," wrote Aniston, "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."
A researcher of Women's and Gender Studies at the College of New Jersey, Amanda Rossie told the New York Times that the obsession about women and pregnancy goes beyond Aniston, because it is ingrained in our culture to "police and survey" womens bodies.
"We still see women who choose not to become mothers as flawed," said Ms Rossie. "That's the social contract we've all signed."
Aniston ended her essay by suggesting that tabloids will have to see the world through a different lense if consumers stop buying into the lies.
"What can change is our awareness and reaction to the toxic messages buried within these seemingly harmless stories served up as truth and shaping our ideas of who we are," she said.