This is me. I am Sara. I am an American woman. I live in a twisted, sad society that judges me and my fellow women by our shells and not by our guts. This happens every single day.
I started this blog because I want to talk through what is considered beautiful, the double standards women face, and how social media is slowly working to correct this destructive path that we have paved for our daughters.
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Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Ashley Judd, puffy face, feminism, beauty, body image, hypersexualization
Actress and Activist Ashley Judd. Source: Wikipedia
Isn’t it quite spectacular when someone with a global reach can
chew up and spit out all of the terrible things said about them – but in the
most eloquent way? Isn’t it amazing how social media and the Internet can
propel something into the limelight to the point where it’s still talked about
Ashley Judd a noteworthy actress with more than two decades
of acting experience did just that.
Ashley Judd, sister to singer Wynonna Judd and daughter of singer
Naomi Judd, most recently starred in the movie Divergent—an action film based on the young adult novel by the same
However, Ashley is probably more known for her activism in
politics and humanitarian efforts, which means she’s comfortable with speaking
her mind. And there’s nothing wrong with that.
In 2012, the media heavily criticized her for having a work
done on her face (because it looked puffy) and for being “fat” and a “cow” when
she went from a size two to a size six.
Ashley Judd’s own
personal Ninety-Five Theses
Martin Luther. Image source: noiseofthunder.com
Ashley’s response to these derogatory comments is epic to
say the least—she essentially wrote her own version of Martin Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses. Instead of nailing
her essay to the door of the Catholic Church, she blasted it out online right back
at the media.
Check out this little gem from the very beginning of her
“Consequently, I choose to address it because the
conversation 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. The assault on our body image, the
hypersexualization of girls and women and subsequent degradation of our
sexuality as we walk through the decades, and the general incessant
objectification is what this conversation allegedly about my face is really
How can anyone not read this and be like, “Wow! She hit the
nail on the head and did it with such intelligence too”?
All I have to say is Ashley Judd rocks it hard and true.
“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…The insanity has to stop, because as focused on me as it appears
to have been, it is about all girls and women. 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.”