Actress pens powerful essay on the media's treatment of women

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Jennifer Aniston has been the subject of rumors and gossip for over 20 years, and in a passionate essay, she says she’s tired of it.

For years the actress has dealt with questions about whether she’s pregnant, and a new wave of speculation has caused Aniston to speak out. “For the record, I am not pregnant,” she writes on The Huffington Post. “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.’”

The Friends star, who often has seen her name more in headlines for her relationships and rumors than her work, writes that she is tired of the way women are judged.

“This past month in particular has illuminated for me how much we define a woman’s value based on her marital and maternal status,” continues Aniston. “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. In this last boring news cycle about my personal life there have been mass shootings, wildfires, major decisions by the Supreme Court, an upcoming election, and any number of more newsworthy issues that ‘journalists’ could dedicate their resources towards.”

Aniston says that if she ever has a child with her husband, The Leftovers’ Justin Theroux, then it will be because she wants to and not due to feelings of being incomplete.

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

Read Aniston’s full post here.