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Jennifer Aniston Publishes Powerful Essay on the ‘Dehumanizing’ Effects of Celebrity Gossip on Women

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Image: WENN

Jennifer Aniston has published a powerful essay on Huffington Post that addresses the dehumanising and objectifying effects celebrity journalism has on women.

She begins by confirming that she is not pregnant, but that she is “fed up”:

“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’?”

She continues, explaining that the way the way in which the media values women is warped and debilitating to the female psyche.

“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…”

She swiftly pulls the rug out from under all incessant and senseless gossip, referring to how ludicrous it is to comprehend the amount of money that is currently being spent on trying to discover “for the bajillionth time” wether or not she is pregnant.

“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.”

She also acknowledges how powerful the media and the celebrity journalism world is, and offers a way to try to empower ourselves and to instigate change for the better.

“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.”

“What can change is our awareness and reaction to the toxic messages buried within these seemingly harmless stories served up as truth and shaping our ideas of who we are. We get to decide how much we buy into what’s being served up, and maybe some day the tabloids will be forced to see the world through a different, more humanized lens because consumers have just stopped buying the bullshit.”

Thanks Jen, we couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

Read the full essay here.