Sandra Bullock has had enough with the ‘open hunting season’ on women’s looks

People Magazine recently announced 2015’s Most Beautiful Woman, an annual title bestowed on a different celebrity each year. This year’s recipient is Sandra Bullock, but she’s using the spotlight to highlight the often negative repercussions of this kind of media attention—and society’s obsession with women’s appearances and taking us down for how we look.

“I feel like it’s become open hunting season in how women are attacked, and it’s not because of how we are as people,” she told E! News. “It’s because of how we look or our age.”

As an Oscar-winning actress with decades in Hollywood behind her, Bullock knows firsthand how vicious the media can be about women and their appearance. And she’s also finding that, as a a parent, all the negativity and looks-obsession is making it harder to raise her son, Louis.

As she explained to E! News: “I’m shocked — and maybe I was just naive,” she said. “But I’m embarrassed by it because my son is getting ready to grow up in this world and I’m trying to raise a good man who values and appreciates women and here we have this attack on women in the media that I don’t see a stop happening.”

Given her stance, it may be a surprise that she accepted the title  of “World’s Most Beautiful Woman” at all. But Bullock saw it as a platform to highlight what she sees as real beauty.

Bullock is spot on — we all know that looks aren’t the most important part of any woman’s (or man’s) identity, but it can be hard to remember that when you’re constantly inundated with the idea. We’re glad she’s using the Most Beautiful Woman title to change the way we see and think about beauty, and we hope that the media takes note!

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