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Jennifer Aniston fights back against pregnancy rumors: 'I am fed up'

Jennifer Anniston
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Jennifer Anniston

Jennifer Aniston is "fed up" and fighting back.

The actress wrote a powerful Huffington Post essay blasting the relentless pregnancy rumors and the media's objectification of female stars — and worrying what unattainable standards of beauty mean for women, especially young girls, everywhere.

"For the record, I am not pregnant," Aniston wrote. "What I am is fed up."

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"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," Aniston continued.

Aniston — who has been the center of persistent gossip and tabloid attention since she starred on "Friends" in the '90s — then focused on "the bigger picture" of just how damaging the fixation on her and her maternal status is to other women and young girls.

"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," she wrote.

"The way I am portrayed by the media is simply a reflection of how we see and portray women in general, measured against some warped standard of beauty," she wrote.

Little girls absorb the messages

"And it begins early," she wrote. "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."

The media's obsession with how Hollywood women look turns 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'?"

Bajillionth 'bump watch'

The actress strongly rejected the pressure that women must have spouses and babies to be happy.

"This past month in particular has illuminated for me how much we define a woman's value based on her marital and maternal status," she wrote.

"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."

"We get to determine our own 'happily ever after' for ourselves," she wrote.

Aniston said she didn't expect the tabloid media to change overnight, but hoped those who consume celebrity news would demand new narratives.

"We get to decide how much we buy into what's being served up," Aniston wrote, "and maybe some day the tabloids will be forced to see the world through a different, more humanized lens because consumers have just stopped buying the bulls---."