Writer Wednesday: The Conversation

Ashley Judd - from her website http://ashleyjudd.com
 “I hold that it is none of my business what people think of me. ” – Ashley Judd

I’d already put together a post for today, when I stumbled across a post by actress Ashley Judd .  It was a post so important, so moving, that I felt I MUST share it.

It’s something every person should read.  It’s a topic which must be talked about. It’s something that, in my opinion, needs to change in our culture.  And it needs to change NOW.

I’m talking about the objectification and sexualization of girls and women.  Of taking away their self and reducing them to objects to be lauded and/or scorned by impossible standards set up by “others.” This is a topic with which I myself have struggled.  I think all women have at some point.  And even men to some degree.

If, after reading her post, you agree with me that this is a message that needs to be out  there, that needs to be read, please join me in sharing Ashley Judd’s message.

The Conversation

The Conversation about women’s bodies exists largely outside of us, while it is also directed at (and marketed to) us, and used to define and control us. The Conversation about women happens everywhere, publicly and privately. We are described and detailed, our faces and bodies analyzed and picked apart, our worth ascertained and ascribed based on the reduction of personhood to simple physical objectification. Our voices, our personhood, our potential, and our accomplishments are regularly minimized and muted.   

Read the rest of the message HERE.

I’m also over on Red Tash’s blog today, so you can check that interview out HERE.


11 thoughts on “Writer Wednesday: The Conversation

  1. This is such a great post! Ashley Judd always struck me as a particularly strrong woman (espeically when she quit acting and went on that trek in Africa, I think it was Africa). Thanks for posting this..:)

  2. That is a very good conversation. It’s important we see all other people *as people*, not as objects. The more compassion we have for ourselves (true compassion, which is different from selfishness), the more we have for others, and the more likely we are to see them as “others,” not just representations of our own fractured psyches. I truly believe that when people spew hatred, or when they do something as insensitive as speaking about others perceived abilities/aptitudes, they are truly only speaking about themselves, from a place of self-doubt. And I do believe this world would be a happier place if we had less advertising images of stylized women, for sure.

    Whew! That’s a mouthful for first thing in the morning!

    PS, The last link is broken. I found her post from your first link.

    And PPS, you are LIVE on muh blawg, dawg! (And by “dawg,” I mean “beautiful, gracious lady,” as in the Randy Jackson parlance of the word.) 😉


    1. I absolutely agree that many times people spew garbage about other people simply to make themselves feel better. It’s quite sad, really.

      And thanks for letting me know about the broken linky dink. It’s been fixed. 🙂

  3. What an excellent post, Shea. This reminds me of the hypocrisy of what we are teaching our children. We tell them not to cyberbully and they should never say anything online that they wouldn’t say to someone’s face. This should be a sweeping rule of internet conduct. I think it is horrible what people say about others in the media. Famous people are still people and it’s not right to say such terrible things about other human beings. I am appalled at what is said and would never want to be in such a spotlight. I applaud Ashley Judd for standing up for women everywhere.

  4. While I do agree that the media is making way too much fuss about face, and female body image in general, I do worry about her underlying health. My face puffed out after I became sick. It’s gone down but not like before. I sure hope she feels better.

    1. Amen to that. I hope she is well. But the issue here is more the media deciding a puffy face is a sign she’s “had work” and stating it as fact rather than she just got over an illness. Heck, I have a puffy face every morning when I get up. Thank goodness I’m not famous!

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