WHY IT’S WRONG TO POP THE BABY QUES­TION

Star un­happy about preg­nancy ru­mours

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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

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