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Jennifer Aniston: ‘We don’t need to be mothers to be complete’

The actress has hit back at the media for decades of "sport-like scrutiny and body-shaming" of women.

Jennifer Aniston has hit back at the way she and other female celebrities are treated by the media and the unhealthy message this is sending to young women around the world.

In a candid entry on The Huffington Post titled For the Record, Jennifer begins by saying she has never publicly addressed gossip about her or her family, before telling readers she is not pregnant, as many gossip columns have recently claimed, but “fed up” with the “sport-like scrutiny and body shaming”.

“The objectification and scrutiny we put women through is absurd and disturbing,” she writes.

“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.”

The actress continues by writing how she once regarded tabloids as “comic books” or “a soap opera for people to follow when they needed a distraction”, but that view has changed after decades of “stalking and objectification” and the “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.”

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