The harassment that Ashley Judd had to deal with and is still dealing with is not uncommon. Because of Ashley Judd’s status in society this case was brought into light of the media but many, many cases go unnoticed. This cultural misogyny is a way for male power structures to continue growing, especially when many of these acts are not caught or ignored by the victim. Especially when these men can hide behind a computer screen. In this specific case they are taking out their prejudice towards women towards someone who already receives media attention while they mask their outward feelings through a twitter account. If asked in public interview I’m sure many people who engage in such behaviours would deny their involvement. Judd also mentions that many people are told that she is taking these actions too seriously that she “brought it on herself” or that “there are more serious issues in the world”. We see these same concepts coming up in slut-shaming. The fact that people attempt to use these excuses as ways to lighten the mood of the harassment says that is a very serious issue in the world. Not only does the constant harassment make women feel like its ok, and that there is nothing they can do about it, but it can also lower self-esteem and lead to mental health risks. Questions we need to ask ourselves is how different would this be if the roles were reversed and a man was the one receiving the harassment? Would the media portrayal be any different?
This case also brings up small sexual scripts that due to our societies thinking seem to go unnoticed. The idea that women are objects and that they can be objectified when and how people want. These ideas are ones that are trying to be knocked down in third wave feminism. Third wave feminism is working to promote women being who they are and having the right to express themselves how they want without having to be worried about being ridiculed. The intersectionalities between masculine power structures, gender polarization and sexual scripts only strengthen the further box in the gender binaries that are set in society.
In many harassment cases towards celebrities people justify by saying that they should have known what they were getting into or that it comes with the job. Most often celebrities will have mental health issues. Although being part of the spotlight does come with a need to have a strong skin in terms of being told that your hair is not the right colour or being the headline of a magazine with the title “Selena Gomez looks so old without make-up”, but the job does not at all call for the justification of sexual harassment. Ashley Judd took it upon herself to find out what legal action could be taken in her case and many others. I think this a very important step in the movement towards taking action against the strong gender binaries that work to try and justify harassment towards women. Seeing as Ashely Judd is a strong role model and influence for women, this movement may help others in her situation to take a stand for themselves and try to do something to help their situation. Ashley Judd’s movement is helping to promote third wave feminism, which encourages women to celebrate themselves and embrace their contradictions towards cultural misogyny.
An example of an NGO that works to promote women’s right is Women for Women’s Human Rights. This is an organization that helps to talk with women and inform them of their rights through education and awareness. They have a multi-pronged approach that uses action-research, training, production and dissemination of awareness-raising materials and publications, advocacy, lobbying and networking. Many women are not even aware of their rights, so the awareness and promotion that this NGO works towards is extremely important to the and empowerment of women.
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