Jennifer Aniston, actress and 90s hair icon, wrote a personal essay for The Huffington Post to tell everyone, once again, that she is not pregnant, and ask people to kindly shut up about it. Aniston pregnancy rumors are practically an American tradition at this point, and have popped up two to five times per year for the past two decades. She penned the op-ed to address the myth that a woman can only be complete after she marries and reproduces. Take it from her, she is a rich and famous person with an awesome career who doesn't have to worry about changing diapers.
This past month in particular has illuminated for me how much we define a woman’s value based on her marital and maternal status. 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.
While she was busy not making babies, she really lived it up. Besides making a ton of episodes of Friends, a bunch of movies, and becoming America's sweetheart by winning the hearts of millions, the woman dated John freaking Mayer.
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.
Tabloids have used the "poor Jen can't get pregnant" narrative since practically forever, and Jen is fed up with it. She just wants to eat a hamburger in peace without tabloids photographing her food baby and trying to pass it off as an actual baby.
I resent being made to feel “less than” because my body is changing and/or I had a burger for lunch and was photographed from a weird angle and therefore deemed one of two things: “pregnant” or “fat.”
Celebs came out to support Aniston's powerful essay through the power of the retweet button.
Ghostbuster Melissa McCarthy also has Jen's back, telling Entertainment Tonight that she is "one hundred thousand billion percent" behind the essay. Hey, that is about how many times people speculated Jennifer Aniston was pregnant over the years!
Aniston, who is not on social media, also notes that she never addresses rumors about her, so maybe this is the "bajillionth" straw that broke the camels back. Turns out there are some not-awesome aspects to being Aniston.
You can read her entire powerful essay here.