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Jennifer Aniston 'fed up' with false pregnancy rumors, sick of harrassment

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Yvette C. Hammett
Justin Theroux (L) and Jennifer Aniston arrive at the 87th Academy Awards on February 22, 2015. Aniston penned a piece for the Huffington Post in the over-the-top rumor mongoring of whether or not she is pregnant. She admonished the tabloid media for its constant dogging and for portraying women as less than complete if they are not married with children. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
Justin Theroux (L) and Jennifer Aniston arrive at the 87th Academy Awards on February 22, 2015. Aniston penned a piece for the Huffington Post in the over-the-top rumor mongoring of whether or not she is pregnant. She admonished the tabloid media for its constant dogging and for portraying women as less than complete if they are not married with children. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, July 13 (UPI) -- Jennifer Aniston said she's finally had enough -- enough of the false pregnancy rumors, the body shaming and the general harassment by celebrity news gatherers.

"We don't need to be married or mothers to be complete," she said. "We get to determine our own 'happily ever after' for ourselves."

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Aniston, who said she is not on social media and doesn't like to address gossip, took to her keyboard and wrote a piece for the Huffington Post on the issue.

"For the record, I am 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.'

"Every day my husband and I are harassed by dozens of aggressive photographers staked outside our home who will go to shocking lengths to obtain any kind of photo, even if it means endangering us or the unlucky pedestrians who happen to be nearby. But setting aside the public safety aspect, I want to focus on the bigger picture of what this insane tabloid ritual represents to all of us.

"The objectification and scrutiny we put women through is absurd and disturbing," Aniston said and it is something society has bought in to and that is being passed along to little girls, the idea that beauty means supermodel-thin.

"This conditioning is something girls then carry into womanhood," she goes on. "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. Is she pregnant? Is she eating too much? Has she let herself go? Is her marriage on the rocks because the camera detects some physical 'imperfection'?"

During the past month, as the U.S. has endured police shootings, wildfires, major decisions by the Supreme Court and dealt with the upcoming presidential election, tabloid media has focused on her personal life, instead, she said.

"The sheer amount of resources being spent right now by press trying to simply uncover whether or not I am pregnant (for the bajillionth time... but who's counting) points to the perpetuation of this notion that women are somehow incomplete, unsuccessful, or unhappy if they're not married with children."

Enough, Aniston said.

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