Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Not Pregnant and Def Over the Speculation

Jennifer Aniston is not amused.

She is not pregnant. She is not fat. She is not anything she’s not supposed to be at the moment.

And – whaddya know – she would appreciate it if you we would stop dissecting her body and her personal life the way the (tabloid) media have for decades now, thankyouverymuch.

L’Aniston made as much clear when she penned For the Record,” a well-received and criticized – of course – essay for The Huffington Post published yesterday and written not to address the gossip that surrounds her 24/7/365 but the root of the problem. That is, the objection of women in America.

“The scrutiny we put women through is absurd and disturbing,” the actress said in her op-edThe 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.

We are complete with or without a mate, with or without a child.”

Aniston also smartly noted that this latest round of speculation is but a small component of a much larger s--- sandwich of news the media could have done better to cover instead, and acknowledged that our tabloid culture is not changing any time soon. What we can alter, however, is our perspective.

We civilians get to ask for more, just like she is.

So we better.


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