“Thank you for thinking of my womb.”
In 2016, Jennifer Aniston reminded the media how tiresome it is to have to effectively defend yourself for a change in your physical appearance. She called suggestions that she was secretly pregnant “absurd and disturbing”. And she was right: no one should need reminding that a woman’s body is not something to speculate over.
However, it seems as if we have a very long way to go before the tabloids stop with their incessant body-shaming, as Amy Schumer learned this week.
After posting some photos to Instagram with the caption, “@leesaevansstyle and I are cookin’ somethin’ up,” the rumour mill immediately went into overdrive, with fans and tabloids alike speculating that the comedian is expecting her first child with Chris Fischer.
You know, despite the fact that she’d tagged her stylist in the photo, as opposed to her husband.
A little while later, Schumer posted a video of herself sipping on a cocktail, and explaining that she is 100% not pregnant.
Instead, she is adding yet another string to her bow and teaming up with Evans to collaborate on a fashion line “for all sizes and shapes and at a chill price point.”
“I am not pregnant. I am not pregnant,” she said, a weary expression on her face. “It looked like I was like pointing to a bump or something but I am not.
“Leesa Evans and I have created a clothing line for all sizes and shapes at a chill price point. That’s what I was trying to allude to, but thank you, for thinking of my womb.”
Schumer’s video caption – ‘I always have a bump alert’ – seemingly alludes to the point originally made by Aniston: gossip like this doesn’t just see women’s bodies thoughtlessly picked apart, but also implies that pregnancy is the ultimate goal for our sex.
“[These reports give us a] dehumanising view of females, focused solely on one’s physical appearance… Is she pregnant? Is she eating too much? Has she let herself go?” the Friends star stated previously.
“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.’
“We get to decide for ourselves what is beautiful when it comes to our bodies.”
Amen. Thankfully, though, Schumer is incredibly comfortable in her own skin – and the actress and comedian has always point-blank refused to be made to feel bad about her body, no matter what the headlines say.
Earlier this year, during in an interview with Lisa Wilkinson on The Project, Schumer explained: “I’ve been in the public eye in some way for 10 years, doing stand up for 15 years so I’ve heard every insult you could possibly imagine.
“I am very desensitised to it, I couldn’t read something mean about myself and feel bad about it if I wanted to. Also I know that that’s not who I am.”
She added: “Nothing can really mess with my baseline at this point in terms of my confidence. I have never been apologetic for what could be considered a flaw on my body.”
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