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Ashley Judd: Comments About My 'Puffy' Face Are 'Nasty' and 'Misogynistic'

Ashley Judd is going on the attack after being on the receiving end of rumors that her 'puffy' face was caused by plastic surgery and injectable fillers.

The speculation began after the 'Missing' actress appeared on a Canadian talk show last month.

Her publicist claimed it was simply the result of medication: "Ashley has been battling an ongoing, serious sinus infection and flu. Therefore, Ashley has been on a heavy dose of medication to overcome it."

"There is zero sign of plastic surgery, puffiness, fillers, etc., that has become a silly and erroneous topic of conversation," added Cara Tripicchio. "Ashley is a natural beauty enjoying her 40's gracefully."

Now the actress is speaking out with some harsh words in a write-up.

"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,she says, "in ways both outrageous and subtle."

"The hypersexualization of girls and women and subsequent degradation of our sexuality as we walk through the decades, and the general incessant objectification is what this conversation allegedly about my face is really about," says Judd.

"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."

"This abnormal obsession with women's faces and bodies has become so normal that we have internalized patriarchy almost seamlessly," she writes. "We are unable at times to identify ourselves as our own denigrating abusers, or as abusing other girls and women."

"I hope the sharing of my thoughts can generate a new conversation: Why was a puffy face cause for such a conversation in the first place? If this conversation about me is going to be had, I will do my part to insist that it is a feminist one, because it has been misogynistic from the start."

April 10, 2012 |

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