Ashley Judd slams media’s sexism

Sexism isn’t the provenance of only a few, but an endemic part of our culture, says Ashley Judd in a searing condemnation of the media posted on the Daily Beast.

Judd says she was shocked and appalled by the language used by the media last week when rumors were afoot she had gone under the plastic surgeon’s knife because she had a puffy face. (It was a sinus infection.)

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Is there nothing this woman can't do ? Party leaders in Tennessee are sending Ashley Judd as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in September. (Photo: Reuters)

Judd  said she wasn’t upset by what was said about her, but about the misogyny, the image-obession that grips American culture and its self-representation in the media.

The discourse, she writes in the Daily Beast, “was pointedly nasty, gendered, and misogynistic and embodies what all girls and women in our culture ... endure every day, in ways both outrageous and subtle.”

Judd said the discourse reveals an “insane” attitude not only about girls, but also “about boys and men, too, who are equally objectified and ridiculed, according to heteronormative definitions of masculinity that deny the full ... 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.”