Someone is speaking out against the mean, overly critical and at times destructive media.
Ashley Judd was recently criticized for having a "puffy" face.
Surgery! Everyone screamed. Botox gone bad, facial fillers, bee stings, drugs!
Ashley normally doesn't bother to pay attention to media about herself, but this she just had to call attention to.
"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."
She even goes as far as to explain why her face looked puffy.
She had been sick for over a month and was on multiple rounds of steroids, which can cause swelling in the face.
Women face a double standard of being told old isn't beautiful but doing anything to make oneself look younger is also wrong. Judd continued:
"It doesn’t actually matter if we are aging naturally, or resorting to surgical assistance. We experience brutal criticism. The dialogue is constructed so that our bodies are a source of speculation, ridicule, and invalidation, as if they belong to others—and in my case, to the actual public."
We're glad she spoke up.
Maybe this will pave the way for other actresses to do the same.
[Image via HRC/WENN.]
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