The portrayal of women in the media

Hello everyone. I hope you liked my last blog post on Monday. The whole thing was a nice experience.

Today is my Opinionated Wednesdays but I would also like to get your take on the matter regarding women who are liable to be portrayed by the media (and society) as valuable and worthy only when they are married and with children. Earlier today I read an article on the Huffington Post written by Jennifer Aniston on her struggles and issues with the media as a married, childless and female celebrity. Basically, she was tired of the media always claiming she was pregnant for the umpteenth time and having everyone later come to congratulate her when it was false news.

She mentioned that after becoming a celebrity for over a decade and seeing the lengths ‘journalists’ would go to get their ‘news’ (code: gossip), she later came to the realisation how the tabloids portray her in the media and women in general. In the media a woman’s worth is almost always based on her weight, marital status and if she is pregnant or not. Not to mention, this is not good for young girls who grow up thinking they will never be good enough because of these types of messages being sent out by the media and accepted by society.

In my personal opinion this is ridiculous. Why should these young girls go through life thinking they are not good enough if they do not have the right size, weight, and height? Why should these young girls feel that the only way they can feel complete and fulfilled is if they are married and with children? Becoming complete and fulfilled has nothing to do with being married and having children, it has to do with your mindset. Some people end up becoming very miserable later on in life because they bent to the pressures of our society to get married and have kids when they did not want to. Even if they do want kids one of these days it is still their decision to make on when they plan on having them.

Anyway, I personally agree with most of her article, no surprise there, lol. As she mentioned in her article it is a woman’s body to decide what she wants to do with it… Even if she is married it is her decision (and body) to decide if she wants to have a child at that that time or not. It is her decision not society’s or the media. Why does it seem that women cannot be left alone instead of being pressured left, right and centre? What are your thoughts?

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