Plastic Evolution

I think it was last week when the Internet was all over a Daily Beast article written by Ashley Judd. In the piece, she attacked the media and our society for paying attention to her “puffy face.”  Many were saying she had had plastic surgery, which she denies.

I mean, really. Part of me thinks: she is in the business of acting (and has a new TV show), so she should expect a measure of  attention to her face. But part of me is angry at our society that puts so much weight on a woman’s appearance, particularly women over 40 (which Judd is).  The micro attention that women who are in the public eye get is quite different than for men who are in the public arena. Remember the 2008 election?

Anyway, the cartoon is my commentary on all of this. The intersection of evolution and plastic surgery….


About Liza Donnelly

Cartoonist and writer and live drawer for The New Yorker, CBS News. Speaker for TED and others. Books: Women On Men,
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2 Responses to Plastic Evolution

  1. Rob Husberg says:

    Very clever cartoon. (Also fun to see a woman evolving, instead of the usual man, in a cartoon.) I have to say I really don’t have much sympathy for public figures — especially actors of either gender — when they complain about undo public attention. They strive their entire lives to be noticed, appreciated, and adored, and then bitch about it when it gets uncomfortable. They could all do with taking lessons in “class” from the stars of the 30’s & 40’s. (No, I wasn’t around then.) It’s also hard to feel empathy for those with gazillions to spend on “aesthetic surgery” and the like.
    It would also help if people would just stop buying all those ridiculous celebrity tell-all magazines (80% female buyers, I hate to say): that just feeds the advertisers and all the frenzy about personal appearance. There are folks MUCH more deserving of our sympathy.

    On the positive side of Hollywood, what is happening with your series? You’ve been quite mum as of late.

    • Thanks, Rob. I agree with you, particularly when it comes to the stupid magazines. The problem is systemic and people have to work hard not to get sucked in. Our show? waiting, still waiting to hear:)

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