Thank you Ashley Judd

Hello, hello. Just got back from my hour-long walk. Lets see, a brisk  15-minute walk is the equivalent of 1 mile. So, an hour of brisk walking and short bursts of jogging, is about four miles.

These days when I walk it’s mostly about health. I really don’t care about ‘rocking’ a pair of painted on jeans or shimmying into that ‘little black dress’. Maybe its because certain body parts on this 52-year-old body have morphed south. Or, could be my 52-year-old brain has learned I am more than what I look like.

Years ago all I cared about was what I looked like. Was my hair perfect enough, my waist thin enough, my boobs big enough, my butt the right size, the right shape? All with one main objective. To get a man. Society taught me if I wasn’t some man’s idea of beauty, I could forget about getting a husband. In my twenties, I saw this expression of a woman’s worth all around me. Some young ladies used the rent money to buy that new outfit, get hair, and nails done, in order to maintain the facade.

Now that I’m older and wiser I see things haven’t changed much. If anything, this generation of females is even worse. Social media has given everyone a stage, and it appears, everyone wants to be a star. Can even be a star if you look a certain way. Not to single her out, but Kim K. is a perfect example. When a sex tape and a certain look catapults you to fame and fortune, something is rotten in these United States of America. Women have demoted themselves to sexual objects to such a degree it’s downright scary.

Some well-known women, in the name of beauty, couldn’t even pick themselves out in a police lineup. Even the ones that vowed to grow old gracefully, crumbled beneath the onslaught of public opinion and relevancy – hello Jane Fonda, Marie Osmond, etc.

Which brings me to Ashley Judd. Without even wanting to I kept hearing something about the woman having a, now get this, a puffy face, in her recently debuted television show, ‘Missing’. It reminded me of the time images of Tyra Banks and Jennifer Love Hewitt were revealed to the world, screaming FAT. Tyra’s response made me chuckle. On her then show Tyra told people they could kiss her fat you know what. JLH attempted to defend her curves and bemoaned the camera person taking her at a bad angle. In the end I think they both bowed to the negative scrutiny by losing weight.

Ashley Judd has taken a brave stance, calling out not only the public’s unfair objectification of women as mere sexual beings, but calling women out as well. Here is a small excerpt from the article that can be found in the, ‘Daily Beast’:

Ashley Judd’s ‘puffy’ appearance sparked a viral media frenzy. But, the actress writes, the conversation is really a misogynistic assault on all women.

Ashley writes…
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.

Article can be read in its entirety at the link below: 

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/04/09/ashley-judd-slaps-media-in-the-face-for-speculation-over-her-puffy-appearance.html

If she wrote this herself, IMHO, not only is she a pretty good actress, but a darn good writer as well. So I say, bravo Ashley Judd. Just please please don’t go running out afterward to have the ‘puff’ sucked out of your face to satisfy all those seeking to tether women to their looks in order to keep them imprisoned.

In the meantime, whether you’re male or female, young or old, find your reason to walk. It doesn’t have to be outside. Sometime I just walk from one end of the house to the other. The cats look at me like I’m crazy but I just keep on walking. If walking just isn’t your thing, do some old school stretching, touch your toes, jumping jacks, running in place, anything to rev up the heart. Remember, you don’t have to do it all at once. Excercising three times a day in 10-minute intervals, has health benefits. Keep it moving everyone.

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