The most eye-opening thing I've read online this week didn't involve Ozzie Guillen, Bobby Petrino or Facebook buying Instagram for a billion dollars. It was about the American media's fascination with and coverage devoted to women's bodies. And it was written by . . . Ashley Judd.
Yes, Ashley Judd.
In this revealing column written for The Daily Beast , the actress analyzes a career spent obsessing about, then ultimately ignoring, the media's coverage of her own physical appearance. It's a fascinating read, and one that concludes with Judd writing:
"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...