Mila Kunis:”I taught myself that to succeed as a woman in this industry I had to play by the rules”

“Throughout my career, there have been moments when I have been insulted, sidelined, paid less, creatively ignored, and otherwise diminished based on my gender,” she wrote. “And always, I tried to give people the benefit of the doubt; maybe they knew more, maybe they had more experience, maybe there was something I was missing. I taught myself that to succeed as a woman in this industry I had to play by the rules of the boy’s club. But the older I got and the longer I worked in this industry, the more I realized that it’s (expletive)! And, worse, that I was complicit in allowing it to happen.”

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“I will stop in the moment and do my best to educate. I cannot guarantee that my objections will be taken to heart, but at least now I am part of creating an environment where there is the opportunity for growth. And if my comments fall on deaf ears, I will choose to walk away.”

“He reduced my value to nothing more than my relationship to a successful man and my ability to bear children. It ignored my (and my team’s) significant creative and logistical contributions,” she wrote. “We withdrew our involvement in the project.”

“If this is happening to me, it is happening more aggressively to women everywhere,” Kunis continued in the letter. “I am fortunate that I have reached a place that I can stop compromising and stand my ground, without fearing how I will put food on my table. I am also fortunate that I have the platform to talk about this experience in the hope of bringing one more voice to the conversation so that women in the workplace feel a little less alone and more able to push back for themselves.”

 

People sexism is still real and alive and well!. The nerve that someone, a producer had the nerve to tell Kunis that she wasn’t going to work agains says a lot about the privilege that men have. I can’t imagine what happens to black, latino and asian women in the industry.

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