Jennifer Lawrence has always been vocal about some of the sexist treatment that she has experienced in Hollywood, and now she has written a heartfelt essay about how gender equality has affected her career.
The 25-year-old Oscar winner has spoken out about the circumstances that ended in her getting paid less than her American Hustle co-stars and she doesn't lay the blame entirely on Hollywood's shoulders, but also how she was bought up to behave as a girl, she wrote in Lena Dunham's Lenny Letter that:
I would be lying if I didn’t say there was an element of wanting to be liked that influenced my decision to close the deal without a real fight,. I didn’t want to seem ‘difficult’ or ‘spoiled.’ At the time, that seemed like a fine idea, until I saw the payroll on the Internet and realized every man I was working with definitely didn’t worry about being ‘difficult’ or ‘spoiled.'
Lawrence went on to write that she believes that ideas about a woman's 'place' could not have been entirely eradicated in less than a century and how she believes history is still holding female figures back, she wrote:
Are we socially conditioned to behave this way? We’ve only been able to vote for what, 90 years? I’m seriously asking – my phone is on the counter and I’m on the couch, so a calculator is obviously out of the question. Could there still be a lingering habit of trying to express our opinions in a certain way that doesn’t ‘offend’ or ‘scare’ men?
After some soul searching about why she accepted a deal that saw her being paid less than her co-stars, despite being one of the biggest stars in the world, Lawrence concluded that she, and other women, should be more concerned about succeeding than about being 'liked' or seeming 'bossy,' she wrote:
I’m over trying to find the ‘adorable’ way to state my opinion and still be likable! F– that,” she added, addressing the tone policing that men do to women in the workplace. “I don’t think I’ve ever worked for a man in charge who spent time contemplating what angle he should use to have his voice heard. It’s just heard.
The Hunger Games star went on to say that she believes women being assertive and laying down their cards is automatically seen as more aggressive because, in a lot of ways, it is less expected, and that needs to change, she explained:
Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale, and Bradley Cooper all fought and succeeded in negotiating powerful deals for themselves. If anything, I’m sure they were commended for being fierce and tactical, while I was busy worrying about coming across as a brat and not getting my fair share. Again, this might have NOTHING to do with my vagina, but I wasn’t completely wrong when another leaked Sony email revealed a producer referring to a fellow lead actress in a negotiation as a “spoiled brat.” For some reason, I just can’t picture someone saying that about a man.
With Lawrence joining the ranks of a growing army of women calling out Hollywood, there is obviously still a long way to go for gender equality in the industry, but luckily, it doesn't seem like the likes of Emma Watson, Meryl Streep, and Patricia Arquette are going to take this laying down.