Mila Kunis is #UPP

#BadMoms and #That70sShow Actress #milakunis is #UPP
#Mila penned a powerful essay about #genderbias and #sexism in #hollywood

#UsingyourPlatformPositively
You’ll Never Work In This Town Again…

“If this is happening to me, it is happening more aggressively to women everywhere.”

“You’ll never work in this town again.”

A cliché to be sure, but also what a producer threatened when I refused to pose semi-naked on the cover of a men’s magazine to promote our film. I was no longer willing to subject myself to a naïve compromise that I had previously been willing to. “I will never work in this town again?” I was livid, I felt objectified, and for the first time in my career I said “no.” And guess what? The world didn’t end. The film made a lot of money and I did work in this town again, and again, and again. What this producer may never realize is that he spoke aloud the exact fear every woman feels when confronted with gender bias in the workplace.

It’s what we are conditioned to believe — that if we speak up, our livelihoods will be threatened; that standing our ground will lead to our demise. We don’t want to be kicked out of the sandbox for being a “bitch.” So we compromise our integrity for the sake of maintaining the status quo and hope that change is coming.

But change is not coming fast enough to help my friends, my peers, or even our children. In fact, a recent study by the American Association of University Women shows that the #paygap is closing at such a slow rate that it will be 136 years before women are paid equally to men. 136 years. And the pay gap is but one clear quantification of the acute undervaluing of the contributions of #women in the workplace.

Throughout my career, there have been moments when I have been insulted, sidelined, paid less, creatively ignored, and otherwise diminished based on my #gender. Read more here: http://aplus.com/a/mila-kunis-sexism-gender-bias-workplace-producer

#feminism #genderequality #intersectionalfeminism #feminist #genderpaygap #ashtonkutcher

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