Ashley Judd Strikes Back at Media Speculation about her Puffy Face

Ashley Judd Strikes Back at Media Speculation about her Puffy Face April 10, 2012

I’ve always found Ashley Judd beautiful.

I guess she’s my type.

Turns out, she’s smart and spunky in addition to beautiful. The Daily Beast has a piece written by Judd as she unabashedly takes to task the giant, soul-sucking media universe that, collectively, thrashed her for having a puffy face. People speculated that she was sick, that she’d had work done, that she was fat (although she’s only a size 8). She turns 44 on the 19th. (Happy Birthday, Ashley!)

Ashley’s not having that. The whole thing is worth a read, but here’s the powerful conclusion:

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.

If this conversation about me is going to be had, I will do my part to insist that it is a feminist one, because it has been misogynistic from the start. 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. It affects each and every one of us, in multiple and nefarious ways: our self-image, how we show up in our relationships and at work, our sense of our worth, value, and potential as human beings. Join in—and help change—the Conversation.

via Ashley Judd Slaps Media in the Face for Speculation Over Her ‘Puffy’ Appearance – The Daily Beast.

photo: Richard Drew via The Daily Beast

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  • DEF

    The uneducated are always the most obnoxious…. Ms Judd is obviously suffering from the side effects of steroids. I’m glad to hear it’s not Lupus, MS or Crohn’s. Don’t mind the ignorant. Pray for them. And concentrate on getting better.

  • regular joe

    it is a bit odd that you give a full throated advocacy to a statement that says men and boys shouldn’t be subjected to a ‘heteronormative’ standard. She is saying that effeminate boys, the sort homosexuals call twinks and a subset find appealing, should be equally celebrated with the masculine hetero boys. Odd that you advocate that view, as long as it backs up the all girls are beautiful feminist united front approach.

  • Rebecca Cusey

    I’m not sure I endorsed her whole statement. I found a lot of it to be self-help psychobabble and word salad, but I like that she stood up for herself and called the insanity what it is: insanity.

  • Aishah Schwartz

    What happened, really? It is purely a case of being out too soon after going through which ever case scenario you choose to find the most truth in. Bottom line: she knew before going out what she looked like, how she would photograph, and that there was going to be a reaction. In this case, for whatever the reason behind the ‘puffiness’, the need to be out trumped the need to be at home continuing her recovery.

  • Sal Bro

    Regular Joe: Being effeminate is only a negative trait if you think there’s something wrong with being like a woman. Being masculine is only positive if you think it’s superior to be male. If neither of those statements is true, then it’s absolutely the case that “effeminate boys…should be equally celebrated with masculine hetero boys”.

    And Judd’s writing was “word salad” only if you think it’s poor form to use big words correctly. Her message was clearly stated. If you don’t understand some of the words used, try Google.

  • joe

    Ashley Judd got famous on her looks, and now she resents being judged by them? Please.