“The objectification and scrutiny we put women through is absurd and disturbing.”
“Sometimes cultural standards just need a different perspective so we can see them for what they really are — a collective acceptance… a subconscious agreement. We are in charge of our agreement. Little girls everywhere are absorbing our agreement, passive or otherwise. And it begins early. 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 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.”
Jennifer Aniston’sopen letter in the Huffington postmakes for much more than an interesting read; it’s not a brief feminist treatise but a series of well-aimed, cutting, honest remarks that call out the kinks in media mentality.
The eloquent letter voices not only frustration with sensationalism and paparazzi-hounding, but also the abominable trends of fat-shaming and baby/boyfriend pressures. These two issues are of particular importance because they are something that I as a young woman have had to experience for myself.
Let me start by saying that nobody knows about fat-shaming more than I do. When your body puts on, it hardly takes more than a couple of months for it to become bloated. From wearing skintight jeans and tube tops, you suddenly go to wearing baggy sweats and XXL size T-shirts. You’re shunted from one clothing store to another, hunting for apparel that might lessen your resemblance to…
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