Jennifer Aniston has written a bold essay about the media's portrayal of women, and took time to dispel rumors that she's pregnant in the process.
At the Huffington Post on Tuesday, the actress called out the tabloid press, writing:
"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's personal affairs have long been the subject of tabloid speculation. But in her piece, the former Friends star devoted much of her energies to castigating the portrayal of women in mass media:
"If I am some kind of symbol to some people out there, then clearly I am an example of the lens through which we, as a society, view our mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, female friends and colleagues. The objectification and scrutiny we put women through is absurd and disturbing. The way I am portrayed by the media is simply a reflection of how we see and portray women in general, measured against some warped standard of beauty.
Sometimes cultural standards just need a different perspective so we can see them for what they really are — a collective acceptance... a subconscious agreement. We are in charge of our agreement. Little girls everywhere are absorbing our agreement, passive or otherwise. And it begins early. 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."
Feel free to read the entirety of her powerful essay here.