"Our voices, our personhood, our potential, and our accomplishments are regularly minimized and muted."
On Monday, an article was published by thedailybeast.com which spoke of the puffy look that actress Ashley Judd has been sporting whilst promoting her newest TV series in the USA. What makes this article unique and why it is getting lots of attention is that Ashley wrote it. After so many years scanning through trashy magazines, websites and newspapers I have personally become fed up of the media bitching about other women's appearances - clothes, make up, lack of make up, wobbly bits, post-pregnancy bodies, cellulite etc- who happen to be photographed and picked on because they are famous.
What Ashley has written is an open article about how she deals with the media writing about her due to the numerous comments that came off the back of her promoting Missing in an interview. The media are vicious, poking out any flaws from the tiniest weight gain/loss or new pimple on the forehead. What the media then encourage is the idea that we, the readers, should be poking flaws in all the women and men around us, making us all self-conscious that we might be judged for our smallest imperfections too.
Ashley writes confidently and maturely to defend her critics about any flaws that they have picked up from watching the same interview, including weight gain(even though she still has a beautiful healthy figure) and having surgery (which she has not had). More women and men that are frequently in the limelight and endless trails of paparazzi need to stand up and speak out about how the media effects them mentally and physically. The way that magazines picks out the most natural flaws, sometimes just from an unflattering picture, makes them bullies and making other people insecure about themselves, let alone what it does to the poor bullied celebrity in question.
What we should take from Ashley's media-arse-kicking-article is this fabulous quote mid-article:
"The only thing that matters is how I feel about myself, my personal integrity, and my relationship with my Creator. "
Lets take Ashley's spirit and stop fretting over what other people might think about ourselves and love our bodies for what they are!
Ashley Judds Article