Port­man calls for ac­tion at Hol­ly­wood women’s lun­cheon

The Philippine Star - - WORLD -

BEV­ERLY HILLS (AP) — Natalie Port­man took a flamethrower to the pa­tri­archy at Va­ri­ety mag­a­zine’s “Power of Women” lun­cheon held here on Fri­day, al­most ex­actly a year since The New York Times and The New Yorker pub­lished accounts from dozens of women al­leg­ing sex­ual mis­con­duct by the once-pow­er­ful movie mogul Har­vey We­in­stein.

In a com­mand­ing 15-minute speech, Port­man ad­dressed the un­der­rep­re­sen­ta­tion of women in all in­dus­tries and laid out guide­lines to in­cite change, such as do­nat­ing to Time’s Up, opt­ing against de­pict­ing vi­o­lence against women in films and hir­ing women for po­si­tions they are not typ­i­cally con­sid­ered for.

“Be em­bar­rassed if ev­ery­one in your work­place looks like you,” Port­man said, adding that We­in­stein is “still free” be­cause “our cul­ture pro­tects the per­pe­tra­tors of sex­ual vi­o­lence, not its vic­tims.”


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