WHY IT’S WRONG TO POP THE BABY QUESTION
Star unhappy about pregnancy rumours
Poor Jennifer Aniston. The actress is one of the most famous faces on the planet thanks to her turn as Rachel in TV show Friends. But it seems some people are less interested in her acting chops and more concerned by her biological clock. And the latest rumours, which questioned a ‘bump’ around her midriff, are the last straw. Jen, a Hollywood A-lister thanks to a string of movies including feelgood Marley & Me and black comedy Horrible Bosses, hit back with a public essay to The Huffington Post. In it, she was quick to voice her disappointment at the latest round of rumours concerning her maternal status. She wrote: “Let me start by saying that addressing gossip is something I have never done. I don’t like to give energy to the business of lies, but I wanted to participate in a larger conversation that has already begun and needs to continue. Since I’m not on social media, I decided to put my thoughts here in writing. “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’.” Recent images surfaced of Jen and husband Justin Theroux on holiday in the Bahamas, with suggestions that the actress was displaying a ‘bump’. But it’s not just celebrities who unfairly scrutinised when it comes to babies.
Mother of two Tracey Brown didn’t have her first child until she was 39.
By then, she’d fielded a lot of questions about having children - from friends, family and even randoms such as colleagues and taxi drivers.
She says: “It might be chit chat but it’s amazing how insensitive people are, how they might want to discuss something very personal such as children with a woman they hardly know.
“On several occasions people asked me straight out why I didn’t have children.
“They might not think they are being rude, but my husband would never be asked the same question."
Helen Farmer, author of the Mothership blog (themothershipdxb.com) gives just one reason why prying is wrong.
“When you ask a woman this question you generally have no idea what’s happening behind the scenes,” Helen says.
“Maybe they had problems the first time and are too scared to try again, maybe they have been trying for years with no success.
“Maybe they just don’t want another baby and are bored of batting away questions.”
We agree, let’s focus on Jennifer’s professional career.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Actress Jennifer Aniston has hit back at recent rumours relating to her maternal status