"I think the problem is the tabloids and the gossip columns taking the human body and putting it in a category," Aniston told Vogue this month. "They’re either fat-shaming, or body-shaming, or childless-shaming. It’s a weird obsession that people have and I don’t understand exactly why they need to take people who are out there to entertain you, and rip them apart and bully them? Why are we teaching young women this? It’s incredibly damaging."
Aniston was specifically asked about her famous column slamming paparazzi and magazines that focus on celebrity appearance. "The objectification and scrutiny we put women through is absurd and disturbing," she wrote in July 2016. "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."
Aniston continued, "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, focused solely on one’s physical appearance, which tabloids turn into a sporting event of speculation."
Aniston wrote the column following endless speculation that she was pregnant with her first child. "I was finally like, This has just got to stop!" she added during her Vogue interview this month. "I couldn’t hear this narrative anymore about being pregnant or not pregnant; you have no idea what is going on personally in our lives and why that is or is not happening and it feels. . ."
Aniston told Vogue that the problem isn't "getting much better." So she thinks women should ignore the tabloid pressures and be happy in their own bodies.
"In my own brain, I’ve shifted my perspective, so who gives a shit! she concluded. "If you’re going to walk out and have your nipples showing, or your belly is a little bloated, or you’re not at the weight you want to be—you are perfect no matter what you are and no matter where you are and who cares! You have to tune out the noise, which is fine by me, because I just know that I’m happy and healthy and doing everything I can to be good in the world and to the people I work with."
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