Women all around the world and from every stratum of society have endured a lifetime of subjugation at the hands of the patriarch. Among these was the talented actress, Natalie Portman, who faced objectification at the hands of men when she was as young as 13!
Well, not anymore. Your TIME’S UP! Thousands of protesters came out in Los Angeles to take part in the Women’s March of 2018 on Saturday. Natalie Portman too shared her own experience of ‘sexual terrorism’.
Many notable personalities like Viola Davis, Allison Janney, Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman participated in the Women’s March 2018 in support of the Time’s Up movement.
Academy award-winning artist, Natalie Portman, took the opportunity and shared her experience of ‘sexual terrorism’ with people all around the world. She was wearing a ‘Time’s Up’ t-shirt to aid the movement against sexual misconduct and promote equality within the workplace.
Natalie’s first movie came out when she was 12 years old. The movie was called ‘Léon: The Professional.’ And she has been experiencing harassment ever since!
According to her account, “I was so excited at 13 when the film was released and my work and my art would have a human response.”
The movie was about a young girl who makes friends with a hit man in order to avenge her family’s murders. The young Natalie Portman excitedly opened her first fan mail to find a ‘rape fantasy’ letter from one of her male fans.
She also added, “A countdown was also started on my local radio show to my 18th birthday, euphemistically the date that I would be legal to sleep with. Movie reviewers talked about my budding breasts in reviews.”
Having an impressionable mind as a child, she quickly understood what it meant to be a female in this world. The artist stated, “I understood very quickly, even as a 13-year-old, that if I were to express myself sexually, I would feel unsafe and that men would feel entitled to discuss and objectify my body to my great discomfort.”
The shocking experience changed her entire outlook towards men and the industry and she changed herself to feel safe in this male-dominated world.
She said, “I quickly adjusted my behavior. I rejected any role that even had a kissing scene and talked about that choice deliberately in interviews. I emphasized how bookish I was and how serious I was and cultivated an elegant way of dressing.”
“I built a reputation for basically being prudish, conservative, nerdy, serious, in an attempt to feel that my body was safe and that my voice would be listened to,” she concluded.
It is brilliant to see that women are finally speaking up! The Weinstein Effect has gotten the ball rolling and women are not afraid to call out their perpetrators in public anymore.
Well, all you bad men better watch out because it’s time for the ladies to fight back! Your Time is DEFINITELY Up!