In an essay published Monday, April 9th on The Daily Beast , Ashley Judd delivered the equivalent of a super-sized “Bitch Slap” to the media in response to the gazillion negative comments made last month regarding her appearance. The Ashley media fest began because her face “looked puffy,” after taking medication which included steroids to fight off a sinus infection.
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.
Read the entire essay here.