Actor and activist Ashley Judd’s feelings are not hurt, at least not in the way you think. That is not what this is about.
She has had it with women’s and girl’s bodies and looks being attacked in the media and everyday conversation.
She wrote a ‘take no prisoners’ essay for The Daily Beast taking on critics who ripped her to shreds about her ‘puffy face.’
YES- her “puffy face.” From one picture, critics speculated she was sick, had cosmetic surgery, that her racecar driving husband Dario Franchetti might start looking elsewhere!
Part of her response:
”Who makes the fantastic leap from being sick, or gaining some weight over the winter, to a conclusion of plastic surgery. Our culture, that’s who. The insanity has to stop, because as focused on me as it appears to have been, it is about all girls and women. In fact, it’s about boys and men, too, who are equally objectified and ridiculed, according to heteronormative definitions of masculinity that deny the full and dynamic range of their personhood.“
I wouldn’t say Ashley and I are BFF’s (just in my imaginary world)…BUT I have had a long conversation with her.
She rarely reads comments about herself and seems to be one of the most well adjusted people I’ve ever met, celebrity or otherwise. That’s why I know this isn’t about her personal feelings being hurt. It’s actually insulting to think that. It’s about what she sees as a mysoginistic culture that too often devalues women.
I know many women and perhaps some men, are inspired by what she wrote. I am!
What do you think?
Read more on HLNTV.com.
Made a quick stop on Showbiz Tonight last night to discuss it with my friend and host A.J. Hammer.