Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Why Jennifer Aniston's Essay on Women in Hollywood Is 'Required Reading'

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Why Jennifer Aniston's Essay on Women in Hollywood Is 'Required Reading'

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Actress Jennifer Aniston is "fed up" with the way women are portrayed in the media, and other celebrities and industry observers are praising a column she recently penned about these issues.

Ms. Aniston, who has recently appeared in films such as "Mother's Day," "Horrible Bosses 2," and "Cake," discussed the portrayal of women in an online column for the Huffington Post that was posted on July 12.

In it, she wrote that she is "not pregnant. What I am is fed up. I'm fed up with the sport-like scrutiny and body shaming that occurs daily under the guise of 'journalism,' the 'First Amendment' and 'celebrity news'.... If I am some kind of symbol to some people out there, then clearly I am an example of the lens through which we, as a society, view our mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, female friends and colleagues. The objectification and scrutiny we put women through is absurd and disturbing."

Aniston addressed what she called "some warped standard of beauty. …

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