WANT STRONG ROLES FOR WOMEN

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Hol­ly­wood ac­tor Natalie Port­man (right) says she is “not in­ter­ested” in watch­ing movies with­out women in strong roles.

The Black Swan star is dis­ap­pointed that there is a lack of movies in Hol­ly­wood that fea­ture women in lead­ing roles. As an au­di­ence mem­ber, she finds it is “re­ally hard” to watch any films which don’t fea­ture many women, re­ports fe­male­first.co.uk.

“I don’t have a prob­lem with that point of view be­cause it is a to­tally le­git­i­mate point of view — I’m glad to get in­sight into how straight white male minds work. It’s just that we’re not hav­ing other points of view,” Port­man told Cul­ture mag­a­zine. “As a fe­male au­di­ence mem­ber, it’s re­ally hard for me to watch these movies where women don’t ex­ist. There are so many movies where it’s lit­er­ally 20 men and no fe­male char­ac­ter, or there’s a fe­male char­ac­ter who’s, like, the wife on the phone. I’m kind of not in­ter­ested in watch­ing it.”

How­ever, the 35-year-old ap­pre­ci­ates that “de­sire is the lan­guage of cin­ema” and be­cause of the un­even ra­tio of men to women film­mak­ers, it causes an im­bal­ance of the sto­ries shared. “It’s hard be­cause de­sire is the lan­guage of cin­ema. And be­cause it’s been so male-dom­i­nated, the story of cin­ema is male de­sire and a fe­male ob­ject of de­sire. “I don’t nec­es­sar­ily have a prob­lem with that, it’s just that we don’t have the counter, we don’t have the ex­pres­sion of fe­male de­sire. We be­come the ob­ject of de­sire, not the sub­ject of de­sire. Women have been made to feel bad for food, or sex, Port­man

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