Jennifer Aniston On “Objectification” & “Scrutiny” of Women by the Media

Jennifer Aniston has spoken critically of the media, and spoken on how women are scrutinised and exposed “absurd and disturbing” levels by the media.

We see it everywhere, on the cover of gossip and celebrity focused magazines, and even within high profile tabloids – women are indeed scrutinised to a disturbing degree, with paragraphs being written about someone’s belly fat or cellulite.

In a blog for the Huffington Post, Jennifer has once again denied rumours that she is pregnant, but she mostly discusses the “objectification and scrutiny we put women through”.

“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.'”

“Every day my husband and I are harassed by dozens of aggressive photographers staked outside our home who will go to shocking lengths to obtain any kind of photo, even if it means endangering us or the unlucky pedestrians who happen to be nearby. But setting aside the public safety aspect, I want to focus on the bigger picture of what this insane tabloid ritual represents to all of us.”

“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. 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. This conditioning is something girls then carry into womanhood.”

As well as heavily discussing the harmful impact of these standards, Jennifer also discusses the disturbing degree that women are viewed as less complete without a husband/partner or children of their own.

“This past month in particular has illuminated for me how much we define a woman’s value based on her marital and maternal status. 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.”

“Here’s where I come out on this topic: 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. That decision is ours and ours alone. Let’s make that decision for ourselves and for the young women in this world who look to us as examples. Let’s make that decision consciously, outside of the tabloid noise. We don’t need to be married or mothers to be complete. We get to determine our own ‘happily ever after’ for ourselves.”

I could not agree more, and if you want to read the rest of what Jennifer had to say (and I would recommend you do) head here. Have you followed us on Facebook and Twitter?

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Jennifer Aniston On "Objectification" & "Scrutiny" of Women by the Media
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Jennifer Aniston has spoken at length about the "objectification" and "scrutiny" of women by the media.