From the mind of Elphaba Of The Brew | Posted in brew commentary | Posted on 04-10-2012
So, Ashley Judd wrote an op-ed piece regarding some criticism she received for her perceived puffy face. I personally have not sought out photos of Ashley Judd since, well.. um ever, pretty lady that she is. So, I’ll take her word on this “puff”. Apparently people on the ye old evilnet were feverishly debating if she had had some work done or not. She attributes any change to her appearance to the medication she’d been on. Regarding the actual criticism, she says:
That women are joining in the ongoing disassembling of my appearance is salient. Patriarchy is not men. Patriarchy is a system in which both women and men participate. It privileges, inter alia, the interests of boys and men over the bodily integrity, autonomy, and dignity of girls and women. It is subtle, insidious, and never more dangerous than when women passionately deny that they themselves are engaging in it. This abnormal obsession with women’s faces and bodies has become so normal that we (I include myself at times—I absolutely fall for it still) have internalized patriarchy almost seamlessly. We are unable at times to identify ourselves as our own denigrating abusers, or as abusing other girls and women.
A case in point is that this conversation was initially promulgated largely by women; a sad and disturbing fact. (That they are professional friends of mine, and know my character and values, is an additional betrayal.)
That the conversation about my face was initially promulgated largely by women is a sad and disturbing fact.Read the Entire Article Here
Ashley raises some hugely valid points on the damage we do to ourselves as women by this type of physical criticism. Personally, I tend to shy away from the physicals and go straight for the clothes. I always maintain that you never know what people are going through, “is she sick? maybe she’s sick?”– However, people can totally help what they wear (true story). However, I may have to call some bulljive on a bit of this. Celebs are constantly wailing about their weight loss for dollars. Celebs are shilling creams and salves and exercise equipment (when times get rough), diet books, wigs, weaves, make up.
The message is “I am the picture of Perfection: Look like me, smell like me, I AM THE DREAM”. Hollywood, created this cycle. The magazines, especially the tabloids that CELEBRITIES get paid to be on the cover of: “See my post baby body! You lady in Kansas in the double-wide, can totally hate yourself now!” are the culprit, and your peers are their henchmen. Change your peers, change the media, then the American public will follow suit. You can’t have it both ways. You can’t happily pose for numerous People’s Most Beautiful issues, then take issue with critiques of your beauty or perceived lack-thereof.
Her new show on ABC is kind of good though, brightside? startcynicism/ And isn’t that really what this is all about?/ endcynicism
I’m calling a mulligan! I dont reallly know what that means in terms of this…but I just really like saying MULLIGAN!