Thank You Jennifer Garner For Calling Out Your Industry’s Blatant Sexism

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Hallelujah! The heavens have opened up and given us the gift of…Jennifer Garner.

The actress, who is married to Oscar-winning husband (and more recently, outspoken political mouthpiece) Ben Affleck and mother of three daughters juggling her own film career, sat down with Ellen Degeneres to promote her new Disney flick ‘Alexander and the Terrible Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day’ but the topic of discussion soon turned to something very different. Body image.

You see, Jennifer Garner has been the focus of tabloid fodder, those good ol’ baby rumors we are so used to seeing in pretty much every magazine and celeb-driven website. So she decided to address the rumors and say yes, she DOES have a baby bump! The crowd went wild with applause.

But wait a minute, this baby bump isn’t what you think. There is no baby in there. She is not pregnant. She has a bump because she is a mother of three who bore her children in her stomach, and she will be darned to feel like she is any less of a woman for not getting rid of it.

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We’re thankful to Jennifer for making such a simple statement and not feeling self-conscious about it. Why? Because we live in a culture which breeds insecurities in women. When supermodels like Gisele Bundchen, Heidi Klum, Alessandra Ambrosio and others have babies, their bodies snap back like a rubber band and the rest of the female population is expected to follow suit.

We also live in a culture which likes to make fun of pregnant women, and makes them the butt of everyone’s lunchtime jokes. Just look at how the media covered Kim Kardashian, Jessica Simpson and Kate Hudson, for example, while they were pregnant.

Why should a beautiful, natural and important time in a mother’s life, whether they are celebrities or not, be overshadowed by body-shaming? It is truly mind-blowing how this has become “entertainment” and gossip-worthy.

On the other hand, there are everyday women who have become so fed up of crap women are sold in the media, they have started some amazing body positive movements such as Jade Beall’s ‘A Beautiful Body’ project which has gone viral around the US because of its focus on celebrating motherhood, and the bodies of women who have undergone one of the most miraculous and amazing experiences a human being can have; giving birth.

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Then there is the ‘Love Your Lines’ movement on Instagram started by two women who were fed up of the negativity and stigma attached to stretch marks on women’s bodies. These two examples are a powerful reminder of why sisterhood and encouragement are so important. The more people, especially celebrities, are willing to share their vulnerabilities, the more empowered the rest of us will be to do the same.

At the recent Women in Hollywood event in Beverly Hills, Jennifer also made good use of her stage time to call out the blatant sexism in the industry toward women.

“As lovely as this evening is — and it is, it’s really nice — I look forward to this whole thing just being put out of business, because the fact that there needs to be a women in Hollywood event is a little bit sad,” she began. “I mean, the ‘men in Hollywood’ event is everyday. It’s called Hollywood. Fifty-one percent of the population should not have to schedule a special event to celebrate the fact that in an art that tells the story of what it means to be human and alive, we get to play a part!” Amen to that! But she wasn’t done just yet…

She spoke about a press junket day both her and her buddy Ben Affleck did for films they were both promoting, where they sit in a hotel room all day and journalists file in and out and ask them the same questions over and over again. When they both got home at night, they compared their experiences, and what they found was quite telling.

“I told him, ‘Every single person who interviewed me, and I mean every single one — and this is true of the red carpet here tonight Elle — asked me, ‘How do you balance work and family?’ And, he said the only thing anyone asked him repeatedly was about the tits on the ‘Blurred Lines’ girl (Emily Ratajkowski, his co-star in ‘Gone Girl’)…but as for a work-life balance, he said that no one asked him about it that day, as a matter of fact, no one had ever asked him about it. Not once. And we do share the same family.”

“Isn’t it kind of time to change that conversation?” she said before imploring Elle magazine to lead the charge on this one. In our eyes, she has already laid the ground and led the way, now let’s see how other Hollywood ladies and media influencers will follow!

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