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Julie Zeilinger ’15 responds to Ashley Judd's comments on body image and misogyny

On ForbesWoman, Julie Zeilinger '15, founder and editor of the blog FBomb, responds to a Newsweek/Daily Beast article by actress Ashley Judd. An excerpt from Zeilinger's comments:

"In response to a swell of criticism regarding her “puffy” appearance, or what feminist blog Jezebel has cleverly titled “Judd-puff-maggedon 2012,” Judd recently penned an article for The Daily Beast, calling out the media for what she saw as “pointedly nasty, gendered, and misogynistic” commentary about her appearance, stating “The assault on our body image, the hypersexualization of girls and women and subsequent degradation of our sexuality…and the general incessant objectification is what this conversation allegedly about my face is really about.” And while this well-composed, insightful article has clearly resonated with all who are sick of seeing women skewered in the media for their appearance, who are frustrated with our society’s unattainable standards of beauty, I think it is especially meaningful for young women my age. 

... And if simply taking a stand against such treatment as a prominent figure weren’t enough, Judd goes a step forward, explaining why such treatment is unacceptable, even daring to use words like “misogyny” and “feminism.” She gives young women readers the vocabulary to express what, internally, they’ve felt all along: this issue is not just about personal insecurities and struggles. It is much bigger than any one of us alone. We are not alone. She gives my generation tools with which we can evaluate this issue and to fight back."

Also, read Zeilinger's thoughts on "Barbie for President."