Jennifer Aniston takes on a sexist society in open letter

The woman made an excellent point.

Instead of merely telling tabloids and celebrity stalkers whether or not she is pregnant is none of their business, Jennifer Aniston took matters a step further in a letter she wrote which was published in The Huffington Post on July 12.

Aniston went on the record by writing that as unsafe and unreasonable it is to have photographers lurk outside of her home, what is worse is that women are constantly objectified and are made to feel bad about their bodies and lives if they are not living up to standards established by other people.

“The objectification and scrutiny we put women through is absurd and disturbing,” wrote Aniston.

She further explained that this kind of treatment is not right and that little girls are being influenced by the media’s treatment of celebrity women and that they are being taught that it is okay to shame girls of different shapes and sizes.  Furthermore, appearance is valued more than achievements and some journalists relish shaming celebrity women who do not meet impossible standards every single day.

Aniston delved into how society puts more value on a woman who is married and has children and “points to the perpetuation of this notion that women are somehow incomplete, unsuccessful, or unhappy if they’re not married with children.” She continued, “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.”

Her angry message struck a chord with celebrities and many other women including LeAnn Rimes Cibrian, Anna Paquin, Sara Bareilles and more took to social media telling others what an important read this is. An interesting sidebar is that Aniston made clear is that she isn’t active on social media.

Aniston and millions of other women are made to feel “less than” and are continuously dehumanized in these ways and it has to stop.

Bravo to Jennifer Aniston for taking action.

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Michelle Tompkins

Michelle Tompkins is an award-winning media, PR and crisis communications professional with more than ten years experience with coverage in virtually every traditional and new media outlet. She is currently a communications and media strategist and writer, as well as the author of College Prowler: Guidebook for Columbia University. She served as the Media Relations Manager for the Girl Scouts of the USA where she managed all media and talking points, created social media strategy, trained executives and donors and served as the organization’s primary spokesperson, participating in daily interviews with local, regional, and national media outlets. She managed the media for the Let Me Know internet safety and Cyberbullying prevention campaign with Microsoft, as well as Girl Scouts’ centennial Year of the Girl To Get Her There celebration in 2012, which yielded more than 800 million earned media impressions. In addition to her extensive media experience, Michelle worked as a talent agent in Los Angeles, California, as well contracting as a digital content developer and her writing has appeared in newspapers and online. She is passionate about television, theater, classic movies, all things food and in-home entertaining. While she has lived and worked in NYC for more than a decade, she is from suburban Sacramento and gets back there often to watch the San Francisco Giants on TV with her family.