We as women do a lot of incredible things in this world other than just procreate.
Jennifer Aniston nailed it earlier this year when she went on the Ellen show and explained why she took the tabloids to task for constantly reporting on her non-existent pregnancy. Jen has been hounded for years by the press with a magnifying glass on her relationships and potential pregnancy. The press almost wanted the world to believe that if she didn’t have a successful marriage with lots of little babies then it must mean that as a woman she is desperately unhappy. But they were wrong. Jen addressed the most recent pregnancy rumours in one hell of an essay for The Huffington Post…and she just had an incredible chat with Ellen. Check it out below.
Here’s her incredible essay…
“Let me start by saying that addressing gossip is something I have never done. I don’t like to give energy to the business of lies, but I wanted to participate in a larger conversation that has already begun and needs to continue. Since I’m not on social media, I decided to put my thoughts here in writing.
For the record, I am not pregnant. What I am is fed up.”
“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. This conditioning is something girls then carry into womanhood. We use celebrity “news” to perpetuate this dehumanizing view of females, focused solely on one’s physical appearance, which tabloids turn into a sporting event of speculation. Is she pregnant? Is she eating too much? Has she let herself go? Is her marriage on the rocks because the camera detects some physical “imperfection”?”
“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.”
Hear hear Jennifer, you are a goddess and thank you for being a woman in the public eye that stands up for what a woman can BE not what a woman SHOULD be. A woman who determines what her own success is on her own without any pressure from the outside world.
Ricki-Lee Coulter is one lady who has spoken openly about the fact that she doesn’t want children. Have a listen to her chat with Monty on Show+Tell Radio below, then click here to subscribe to our podcast.
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