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Ashley Judd: Stop the body image 'insanity'

7:58 AM, Apr 10, 2012   |    comments
Ashley Judd. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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By Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY

Remember last month when Ashley Judd was battling a sinus infection and looked a little puffy in the face, prompting buzz about plastic surgery?

She was not happy about it. And she's still not happy about it.

The actress explains in a Daily Beast essay that she doesn't usually read anything about herself. But she was encouraged by colleagues and friends to know what was being said last month. What she found was a conversation that "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."

She also found that it was "initially promulgated largely by women; a sad and disturbing fact."

As she explores the topic and explains what happens, she urges us to change the conversation:

"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."

USA TODAY

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