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boston bean

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Mon Apr 9, 2012, 01:13 PM Apr 2012

Ashley Judd Slaps Media in the Face for Speculation Over Her ‘Puffy’ Appearance [View all]

by Ashley JuddApr 9, 2012 4:45 AM EDT

Ashley Judd’s “puffy” appearance sparked a viral media frenzy. But, the actress writes, the conversation is really a misogynistic assault on all women.

The Conversation about women’s bodies exists largely outside of us, while it is also directed at (and marketed to) us, and used to define and control us. The Conversation about women happens everywhere, publicly and privately. We are described and detailed, our faces and bodies analyzed and picked apart, our worth ascertained and ascribed based on the reduction of personhood to simple physical objectification. Our voices, our personhood, our potential, and our accomplishments are regularly minimized and muted.

As an actor and woman who, at times, avails herself of the media, I am painfully aware of the conversation about women’s bodies, and it frequently migrates to my own body. I know this, even though my personal practice is to ignore what is written about me. I do not, for example, read interviews I do with news outlets. I hold that it is none of my business what people think of me. I arrived at this belief after first, when I began working as an actor 18 years ago, reading everything. I evolved into selecting only the “good” pieces to read. Over time, I matured into the understanding that good and bad are equally fanciful interpretations. I do not want to give my power, my self-esteem, or my autonomy, to any person, place, or thing outside myself. I thus abstain from all media about myself. The only thing that matters is how I feel about myself, my personal integrity, and my relationship with my Creator. Of course, it’s wonderful to be held in esteem and fond regard by family, friends, and community, but a central part of my spiritual practice is letting go of otheration. And casting one’s lot with the public is dangerous and self-destructive, and I value myself too much to do that.

However, the recent speculation and accusations in March feel different, and my colleagues and friends encouraged me to know what was being said. Consequently, I choose to address it because the conversation was pointedly nasty, gendered, and misogynistic and embodies what all girls and women in our culture, to a greater or lesser degree, endure every day, in ways both outrageous and subtle. The assault on our body image, the hypersexualization of girls and women and subsequent degradation of our sexuality as we walk through the decades, and the general incessant objectification is what this conversation allegedly about my face is really about.


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She's so freakin smart! FirstLight Apr 2012 #1
i read maybe ten. the ugly of internet. it lets us see the worst of who we are. nt seabeyond Apr 2012 #3
If you get down to the worst of the commenters, "Slapchop" Ken Burch Apr 2012 #23
compliment or insult. it is not mine. has nothing to do with me. seabeyond Apr 2012 #2
Excellent. redqueen Apr 2012 #4
“better watch out” because my husband “is looking for his second wife.” seabeyond Apr 2012 #7
"Patriarchy is a system in which both women and men participate".... Little Star Apr 2012 #10
hey... go back and re read the article. i looks like some was taken out seabeyond Apr 2012 #41
Her face has always a baby roundness to it rocktivity Apr 2012 #5
K & R cate94 Apr 2012 #6
Bookmarked ProfessionalLeftist Apr 2012 #8
I adore all the Judd women... Little Star Apr 2012 #9
the thing about this is, is... she is going to age. and she should be allowed seabeyond Apr 2012 #11
Agreed. I'm especially discouraged by seeing women redqueen Apr 2012 #14
it's another example of "you lose, whichever option you choose." spooky3 Apr 2012 #26
Yep, the obsession with appearance serves no one but wall street. nt redqueen Apr 2012 #33
I love her & she will always look fab! CrispyQ Apr 2012 #12
Miss Representation is out on DVD!!! seabeyond Apr 2012 #13
Condi Rice is in it. That's how it first got my attention - lol! CrispyQ Apr 2012 #18
She is absolutely CORRECT. This should be required reading! whathehell Apr 2012 #15
Hear, hear! redqueen Apr 2012 #17
OMG!!...Are you serious? whathehell Apr 2012 #31
This was in a big city yes, but neither of those. redqueen Apr 2012 #32
Oh my... whathehell Apr 2012 #38
I think they now have a size 0. No shit. CrispyQ Apr 2012 #20
In the US expensive labels use vanity sizing. A size 8 here is usually a 10 or 12 elsewhere. tblue37 Apr 2012 #27
They do! whathehell Apr 2012 #29
Here's what I consider Puffy. Warren DeMontague Apr 2012 #30
Right on, Ms Judd... a la izquierda Apr 2012 #16
ashley is cool..... madrchsod Apr 2012 #19
Do you know how many great movies don't get made because actresses won't age? nolabear Apr 2012 #21
Like Kathy Bates. Blue_In_AK Apr 2012 #22
Did you see her in "Six Feet Under"? CrispyQ Apr 2012 #39
Yes, I loved her in that. Blue_In_AK Apr 2012 #40
What she says is true even for women who do NOT work in fields where phys. appearance is relevant. spooky3 Apr 2012 #24
"Puffy"?! KamaAina Apr 2012 #25
Ashley Judd is great. I saw her speak at the march for women's lives in DC in 2004. Warren DeMontague Apr 2012 #28
Wow - great article. She is one very smart woman. nt GardeningGal Apr 2012 #34
I actually knew pretty much nothing about Ashley Judd ... iverglas Apr 2012 #35
4, 5 yrs ago o turned tv off seabeyond Apr 2012 #36
Rock mzmolly Apr 2012 #37
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