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I have to call bullshit on Ashley Judd’s Daily Beast article which is getting Go Grrl gold stars all across the web’s fruited plain.
To summarize the article, Ashley Judd became incensed when US Magazine speculated that a picture of her with a Puffy Face – not to be confused with the shirt of a similar name worn by Jerry Seinfeld – was not due to any swelling from plastic surgery or Botox injections. Judd’s reps stated that she had been taking medication to combat a sinus infection and the flu. So Judd took to the Daily Beast to write a long piece about misogyny and patriarchy and all of that. She wrote:
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 about.
This type of argument has always seemed so frail to me. I’d love to see a 21 year-old hottie du jour wax feministic about lookism and objectification. But they don’t. It’s only when actresses and celebrities enter the Dame Judy Dench side of their careers that they ever become so hostile against what they’d seemingly always accepted as an Iron Law of their business: sex sells.
Judd’s rep told US Magazine:
“There is zero sign of plastic surgery, puffiness, fillers, etc., that has become a silly and erroneous topic of conversation. Ashley is a natural beauty enjoying her 40′s gracefully,” Tripicchio added.