Ashley Judd writes about body image

jonnythan Posts: 10,161 Member

"That women are joining in the ongoing disassembling of my appearance is salient. Patriarchy is not men. Patriarchy is a system in which both women and men participate. It privileges, inter alia, the interests of boys and men over the bodily integrity, autonomy, and dignity of girls and women. It is subtle, insidious, and never more dangerous than when women passionately deny that they themselves are engaging in it. This abnormal obsession with women's faces and bodies has become so normal that we (I include myself at times-I absolutely fall for it still) have internalized patriarchy almost seamlessly. We are unable at times to identify ourselves as our own denigrating abusers, or as abusing other girls and women."


  • ldrosophila
    ldrosophila Posts: 7,512 Member
    smart woman
  • CJ_Holmes
    CJ_Holmes Posts: 759 Member
    "I do not want to give my power, my self-esteem, or my autonomy, to any person, place, or thing outside myself. I thus abstain from all media about myself."

    I remember reading this back when this all came out. She is so spot-on. Awesome reminder. I love my friend Johnnythan for posting this!