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6 responses to “Quicklink: Ashley Judd’s call to action on The Conversation about women’s looks”

  1. Megpie71

    One of the things I’ve found in dissociating myself from “The Conversation” is that I’ve effectively had to dissociate myself from the day-to-day mainstream media as well. I undertook this dissociation as a part of getting over the effects of ten years of attempting to lose weight (the weight always found me again), and what it effectively meant was that I had to give up the vast majority of woman-oriented media cold turkey (in particular, the “women’s magazines”, which were incredibly toxic on the whole subject). I’d decided I didn’t want to see constant belittling of my shape, size and gender expression, and the only way I could do this was basically to cut myself off from popular culture.

    I started this project when I was in my early twenties. I’ve been at it now for about eighteen years.

    The internet has helped immensely. Not long after I discovered the internet, I started participating in newsgroups to the exclusion of watching television, which reduced my exposure to toxic memeplexes about what women are supposed to be even further. These days, our TV is mainly kept for playing games, or for watching DVD series or movies we’ve purchased. I think another crucial point is that what I’m reading online isn’t the same as what’s available offline (so, for example, I’m not going to the websites of a lot of the big media companies for content).

    Part of dissociating myself from the Conversation has involved becoming aware of who’s interested in me as a person, and who’s interested in me as a bundle of demographic information. The majority of large media providers aren’t interested in their readers as individuals – they’re much more interested in their readers as demographic groups. These days, I’m not interested in being sold to advertisers as another set of eyeballs. Hells, if I’m going to be sold, I’d rather be facilitating the process myself – at least then I’d get a cut of the proceeds, and I could use the money.

  2. Helen

    Great post, TT. Also, as someone who, like Megpie, boycotts womens’ magazines, I’m rarely up with younger actors, so Ashley Judd’s articulate writing has completely blown me away. What a champion!!

  3. Helen

    …Just finished Judd’s article. Don’t you love the wilful point-missing by the VERY FIRST COMMENTER. Jesus.

  4. Tamara

    Ashley Judd rocks! However, I’m not sure if she qualifies as a younger actor, she’s 44. In my limited exposure to said mags (only glance at them at the gym) she doesn’t feature in them much so it’s even more offensive that they only deign to notice her when she’s not looking acceptable enough!

  5. Tamara

    News with Nipples has written about the question of whether feminists should avoid reading tabloid magazines or not:

  6. Julie

    I just read that a moment ago, and my response was YES. I’ve been reading the magazines my coworker left for me when she changed jobs, and the viewpoints are so awful.

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