I’ve met and conversed with Ashley Judd a number of times in my life. When I worked in the music industry (a trillion years ago) her mother and sister were at the top of their game (The Judds), Ashley topped the Hollywood A list and was a constant presence in Nashville. (Where I lived and worked at the time.)

She always impressed me, not only with her looks (which were unarguably stunning) but with her intelligence and wit. I routinely came away from our conversations with a new word or phrase that I would have to look up. (I used to joke about bringing a Thesaurus with me to the interview.) She was brilliant and gracious in a way I only dreamed to be.

I’ve had a soft spot for her ever since.

I read an incredibly insightful Op-Ed penned by the actress and I believe it is worth sharing.  The piece was written to address  speculation and accusations over her recent appearance. (A conversation about Judd’s “puffy” appearance went viral last month spreading across the net and on to mainstream media where she was mercilessly analyzed.)

Of it, she had this to say, “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, 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.”

I told you she was brilliant. And she was just getting warmed up. You can read the entire article here: Ashley Judd Slaps Media in the Face for Speculation Over Her ‘Puffy’ Appearance

What do you think? Does she have a point?