Jennifer Aniston slams media sexism: “I’ve worked too hard to be reduced to a sad, childless human”

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Jennifer Aniston has proven time and time again that she’s a total badass – and she’s not afraid to stand up to sexist bullying in the media.

Now, just four months after she savaged gossips in a blistering op-ed, she has spoken out against the stigma attached to so many women in the public eye, whether they’re single, divorced, or living a child-free lifestyle.

“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 told Marie Claire.

“It's like, Why are we only looking at women through this particular lens of picking us apart? Why are we listening to it?”

The Friends actor added: “I just thought: I have worked too hard in this life and this career to be whittled down to a sad, childless human.”

Her comments echo those she made in her essay, For The Record, which she penned for the Huffington Post back in July. At the time, she revealed that she had been left “fed up” after enduring years of pregnancy speculation pegged off her relationship status or her body – and that, more importantly, she was not going to sit back and take it any longer.

“For the record, I am not pregnant,” she wrote. “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’.”

She called upon readers to take a stance against the “stalking” and “bullying” nature of “tabloid practises”, and stop buying into the “seemingly harmless stories served up as truth and shaping who we are.”

“We get to decide how much we buy into what’s being served up, and maybe some day the tabloids will be forced to see the world through a different, more humanised lens because consumers have just stopped buying the bullshit.”

While Aniston clearly knows what she wants from life, from the media, and from her fans, she admitted in her latest interview that she is finding it difficult to decide what she wants most from her career.

“This is a time when I'm not completely sure what I'm doing,” she admitted. “I'm at this sort of crossroads trying to figure out what inspires me deep in my core. What used to make me tick is not necessarily making me tick anymore.

“The most challenging thing right now is trying to find what it is that makes my heart sing.”

The Office Christmas Party star added that, for now, she has taken a step back to look at her work with fresh eyes – and, as such, has determined to only take on the roles she feels most passionate about.

 “You have to be so madly in love with it and think, I will be so upset if I don't go and play this person,” the 47 year old said. “Especially these days, with [my husband] Justin [Theroux] in Melbourne. It has to be worth it.”

It’s sound career advice; we could all stand to put ourselves first in the workplace a little more.

Maybe it’s time we all took a leaf out of Jen’s book and focused on forging a career path that truly makes us happy.

Images: Rex Pictures

You can read Jennifer Aniston’s full interview in Marie Claire now.


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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.