People are still talking about Ashley Judd’s article on The Daily Beast. And rightfully so!

“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.”

You can read the whole article here.

I love this part:

“When I have gained weight, going from my usual size two/four to a six/eight after a lazy six months of not exercising, and that weight gain shows in my face and arms, I am a “cow” and a “pig” and I “better watch out” because my husband “is looking for his second wife.” (Did you catch how this one engenders competition and fear between women? How it also suggests that my husband values me based only on my physical appearance? Classic sexism. We won’t even address how extraordinary it is that a size eight would be heckled as “fat.”)”

Yes let’s not even get into that… that’s a separate issue right there and the big problem with society and body image today.

What do you think of Ashley Judd’s article?


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Maria Lianos-Carbone is the author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”, and publisher of, a leading lifestyle blog for women.

1 Comment

  1. Dianne / Smilenwaven Reply

    Yeah… I *love* that also – when someone goes from a 2 to a 4 and suddenly they’re fat!? SO sad what women are ‘supposed’ to look like these days!

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