Discussion Questions and Blog on Ashley Judd

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In Ashley Judd's article, Judd talks about the misogynistic objectification of women. Judd claims that "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". Judd goes on to call for a changed in the ways both men and women are viewed. Judd says that this sort of objectification "affects each and every one of us, in multiple and nefarious ways: our self-image, how we show up in our relationships and at work, our sense of our worth, value, and potential as human beings". For Judd, this is a much more serious issue than simply being criticized for a "puffy face". For Judd, this objectification is not only detrimental to our self-image, but also to our self-worth and even potential as human beings. This is an issue that needs to be brought forth to the front of public knowledge and changed. Judd claims that "The insanity has to stop" because this sort of objectification denies "the full and dynamic range of their personhood."

Personally, (especially after reading this article) I tend to agree with Judd. She makes a very persuasive argument to her audience. She is able to put her audience in her shoes to help them realize just how detrimental this sort of critical objectification can be. Furthermore, she makes it clear just how dehumanizing, as well as personally detrimental, this sort of critical objectification can be to an individual's personhood.

Judd goes on to ask her audience important questions that really make her readers think. Judd asks her audience a series of questions, saying, "Why was a puffy face cause for such a conversation in the first place? How, and why, did people participate? If not in the conversation about me, in parallel ones about women in your sphere? What is the gloating about? What is the condemnation about? What is the self-righteous alleged "all knowing" stance of the media about? How does this symbolize constraints on girls and women, and encroach on our right to be simply as we are, at any given moment? How can we as individuals in our private lives make adjustments that support us in shedding unconscious actions, internalized beliefs, and fears about our worthiness, that perpetuate such meanness? What can we do as families, as groups of friends? Is what girls and women can do different from what boys and men can do? What does this have to do with how women are treated in the workplace?"

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