Women’s bodies and looks are constantly up for scrutiny in the media. From magazine articles that promise thinner thighs in a weekend, to tabloids discussing which celebrities’ bodies are hot or not, women are always being picked apart.

But Ashley Judd isn’t going to take it anymore.

After many speculated if she had undergone a cosmetic procedure that left her face “puffy,” Judd clapped back against what she saw was a dig against all women.

Judd explains why she decided to speak out:

“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.”

Judd goes on to break down the media’s attack about her “changed” appearance noting that she has gained weight, been taking steroids due to a medical condition, and has aged over the years–all “normal” and naturally occurring things that happen to women, and yet when a woman is in the public eye the slightest change in her appearance triggers accusations of plastic surgery. Additionally, many of these attacks come from other women. Because as Judd points out,  “Patriarchy is not men. Patriarchy is a system in which both women and men participate.”

While many think Judd’s predicament has little to do with”regular” women, it does. We do not live in a vacuum. Just as the media can be vicious and mean toward celebs it permeates our culture and makes us normal folk the focus of equally damaging attacks. Everyday women are talked about, tweeted about, critiqued because of how we look, and it for some, it affects how we see ourselves.

I applaud Judd for standing up for women (and men too) and wish more celebs would do the same.

What do you think? Should more celebs speak out about our growing “mean girl” culture? 

  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

    Yesterday, ya’ll had an article about not caring, today we have an article about caring. What’s it gonna be.

    Truth of the matter is, there is ALWAYS going to be somebody talking about you positively or negatively. If the person is a non-entity in your life why expend your energies on them. She is a public person-they are going to scrutinize her like crazy. Which means she is going to be clapping back, 24/7, 365. Not worth it!

  • http://1stamend-kisa-kisa.blogspot.com/ kisa

    Love Ashley Judd

  • pink

    Nuff with all the celebrity botox, and plastic surgery

  • Alexandra

    I like her response. Glad she included women in system of patriarchy, because it’s true.
    A lot of times it’s not even men doing the degrading, it is women; and in many cases they do it much worse.

    Look how the media is treating Jessica Simpson, who is expecting a child ?!

  • Ms. Information

    This is the price you pay for fame…fame is a beast..you wanted it.

  • Socially Maladjusted

    ”Patriarchy is not men. Patriarchy is a system in which both women and men participate.

    Hmmm! wonder if this woman’s read any of my comments on this site – quite insightful for a dumb hollywood actress.

  • golden_girl

    I think not. come on Ashly…your looks are 98% of what makes you an actress. I’ve been wondering for two yrs what happened to your face. I was just wondering. You are in front of the camera. You knew this already. The business must not be too mean, your still acting. I’d rather rally for the women who are not represented; you know Asian, Indians, Muslim women and trannys. Not mediocre actress who star is tarnished.

  • Socially Maladjusted

    Mind you she didn’t object to the female priviledge she was afforded by patriarchy when it deemed her beautiful. Now that her “beauty” is in decline and she’s been thrown in the has been junk yard – it’s all whiney whine about patriarchy.

    Hard to buy into her new found “awareness” of the cruelty of patriarchy when it comes at a time in her life when she can no longer rely on it.

    That’s why I have no sympathy whatsoever for women who whine about so called beauty standards, because what they’re really complaining about is not having access to the men at the top hierarchy pyramid.

    Indeed that’s what the rivalry among women is more often about looks rather than a practical talent. It’s competition over who can get the trophy “alpha”.

    It’s all very pathetic,

    but when there are more men like me we will destroy patriarchy and its wife – beauty, and rid ourselves of the parasites.

  • Socially Maladjusted


    Indeed that’s why the rivalry among women is more often about looks rather than a practical talent.

  • Velma

    Sounds just like the media’s stance on black women? Hmm…so now white women are going to experience the crap…..well, good luck.

  • http://pervertedalchemist.blogspot.com/ Perverted Alchemist

    New rule; Never listen to the ramblings of a person who’s only famous because of who they’re related to…

  • minna k.

    Good point, and socially maladjusted had one as well. This reminds me of the documentary called Searching for Deborah Winger that I watched maybe 2 years ago. I found it difficult to have sympathy for these “aging” Hollywood post “it beauties” that were VERY well utilized and visible within their industry in their so called “prime”. They bellyache about the lack of ideal roles within the industry for themselves, and how unfair and narrow hollywood is to “older” actresses, when we can barely name any East/ South Asian, Latin, African, or Indigenous decent that could possibly portray the “hot” protagonist woman in a mainstream Hollywood movie for what its worth. Where were their dissenting voices when they had plenty of spotlight? (I find Jane Fonda to be the exception of corse. Alfre Woodard and Whoopi Goldberg, Selma Hyeck are the “colorful” perspective, but that is a whole other discussion.) These mostly blond women have made their tons of money, have tons of connections. Its difficult for me to “get” their plight.

  • Ms. Information

    Yep, so we should now have sympathy for the white woman that benefited from being the concept of beauty because her beauty faded? Puh Leeze…it’s part of the game, deal with it.

  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

    @ Ms. Info


  • Ms. Information

    The funny thing is that she wasn’t saying all of this when her overweight sister Winona was experiencing the backlash from this patriarchal, mysogynistic set-up….Ashley hush.

  • http://Aol GT

    I used to like her but now I hate her because she is using her “public figure” just to get her puffy face on all the tv shows to promote her new tv show. I think she looks ugly with her puffy face.

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