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Jennifer Aniston Explains The Sad Truth About Women-Shaming Culture

"I have worked too hard in this life and this career to be whittled down to a sad, childless human."

Earlier this year, Jennifer Aniston wrote an op-ed to The Huffington Post in an effort to address a conversation that has already started on how society views women (i.e. not kindly), a conversation she says "needs to continue." Now in the December issue of Marie Claire, Aniston doubles down on her words and reveals exactly why she felt the need to say them.

"I used to tell myself that tabloids were like comic books, not to be taken seriously, just a soap opera for people to follow when they need a distraction. But I really can't tell myself that anymore because the reality is the stalking and objectification I've experienced first-hand, going on decades now, reflects the warped way we calculate a woman's worth," the Friends actress wrote in The Huffington Post.

She spoke out about the scrutiny and the body shaming that women find themselves trapped beneath and the concept that women are deemed as "incomplete, unsuccessful, or unhappy if they're not married with children."

This week, she continued this necessary conversation, and we could not agree more.

"My marital status has been shamed; my divorce status was shamed; my lack of a mate had been shamed; my nipples have been shamed," she says.
"It's like, why are we only looking at women through this particular lens of picking us apart? Why are we listening to it?"

It echoes her sentiments she's been speaking up about for months.

"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," Aniston wrote in her op-ed.

"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, we should note, is a celebrity who has not been vocal about her private relationship life and in a day where the digital world seems to rule all, she isn't a participant in social media (gasp!). So, it's obvious that this was a topic she felt was absolutely necessary to address, and Jen, we are definitely listening and nodding our heads.

And just as a mic drop, she had this to say to the tabloids and society at large:

"I just thought: 'I have worked too hard in this life and this career to be whittled down to a sad, childless human.'"

Yes, yes yes. All of the yes. Aniston isn't the only one trying to spread this message, either. Many celebrities are dedicating their platforms to driving the discussion on these important topics. Most recently, Mila Kunis, Amy Schumer, and Emma Watson have both been vocal in the battle against society's behaviors toward women, and many other celebrities were quick to join, especially in response to the sexist comments that President-elect Donald Trump became notorious for throughout his campaign.

Just when we thought we couldn't love Jennifer Aniston anymore, she comes out with these words that truly speak to our souls. Ugh. We love her, we love her heart, and we really, really love the conversation she is continuing.

Hannah Marsh

Hannah is a Texas-born, Iowa-raised alumna of Iowa State University. When not writing trending content across several Meredith sites, she enjoys all things fitness-related, binge-watching "Whose Line is it Anyway" episodes and fully embracing her self-diagnosed peanut butter addiction.

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