Ashlee Simpson defends her "big" sis

"I find it embarrassing and belittling to all women."

By Kate Harding

Published January 29, 2009 1:53PM (EST)

Our quote of the day comes from Ashlee Simpson. Seriously. With regard to the media kerfuffle over her sister Jessica's shocking weight gain of possibly as much as, like,  7 lbs. (c.f. Fox News and the not-so-promising inaugural post of Entertainment Weekly's new "thinking woman's" column, ShePop), Ashlee wrote on her blog:

I am completely disgusted by the headlines concerning my sister's weight. A week after the inauguration and with such a feeling of hope in the air for our country, I find it completely embarrassing and belittling to all women to read about a woman's weight or figure as a headline on Fox News ...  How can we expect teenage girls to love and respect themselves in an environment where we criticize a size 2 figure?

High five, Ashlee. I hope for Jessica's sake that her attitude toward this B.S. is just as healthy.

(Via Shakesville)


Kate Harding

Kate Harding is the author of Asking For It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture--and What We Can Do About It, available from Da Capo Press in August 2015. Previously, she collaborated with Anna Holmes, Amanda Hess, and a cast of thousands on The Book of Jezebel, and with Marianne Kirby on Lessons from the Fat-o-Sphere. You might also remember her as the founding editor of Shapely Prose (2007-2010). Kate's essays have appeared in the anthologies Madonna & Me, Yes Means Yes, Feed Me, and Airmail: Women of Letters. She holds an M.F.A. in fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a B.A. in English from University of Toronto, and is currently at work on a Ph.D. in creative writing from Bath Spa University

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