43-year-old actress Ashley Judd wrote an article for The Daily Beast claiming that she was unduly maligned by plastic surgery allegations after she showed up on the red carpet with cheeks three times their normal size earlier this month. She claims that her puffy face was a side effect of steroids she was prescribed for a sinus infection, but that’s besides the point anyway, because you were just playing right into the misogynistic patriarchal cultural conspiracy that manipulates our current social mores. The Daily Mail says:
She said [in the article]: ‘I choose to address [the plastic surgery allegations] 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… and subsequent degradation of our sexuality and the general incessant objectification is what this conversation allegedly about my face is really about.
When my 2012 face looks different than it did when I filmed Double Jeopardy in 1998, I am accused of having ‘messed up’ my face (polite language here, the F word is being used more often). The most disturbing comments about [my] appearance were made by women… 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… 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… unless there is a change in attitude women will continue to be analyzed and suffer brutal criticism.”
As a woman, let me be the first to point out that my entire career is hinged on the misogynistic patriarchal cultural conspiracy. It was the misogynistic patriarchal cultural conspiracy that paid off my student loans in six months. Misogynistic patriarchal cultural conspiracy got me an A in Calculus. And all my drinks last night. Let’s not pretend it doesn’t help as much as it hurts, ladies. I join in the bashing not because I want to hyper-sexualize or degrade, but because it makes me feel better about myself when I point out the flaws in others.
At the premiere of her new show “Missing”: