The world of celebrities has always put emphasis not just on talent but on appearance, particularly that of female celebrities. As such, it's unsurprising that famous ladies often have to endure blatant sexism in their day-to-day lives, especially during those interviews which follow the tried and tested format of "how did you get into shape for your latest role?" or "what will you be wearing on the red carpet?", while their male counterparts enjoy questions about the complexities of their roles, or at least get to answer on something other than how they look.
However, it seems a revolution is beginning: female celebrities appear to have had enough of this treatment, and are fighting back by calling out the press on its objectification of women. This backlash seems to be working — the controversial Mani Cam, designed for women to showcase their nails and jewellery at red carpet events, was notably absent at this year's Oscars. This article lists ten celebs who are taking part in the fight against sexism, in their great responses to sexist situations.
Late in 2014, Rihanna launched a perfume named 'Rogue Man'. The launch, in Atlanta, saw Rihanna welcoming a large crowd of fans, and for a time the interviews seemed to be going well: the singer answered questions about the different components of the scent and noted her long-time ambition to create a male fragrance.
9 Scarlett Johansson
In a 2012 interview, Scarlett Johansson was asked a question so sexist that it crossed the line from boring and insulting to downright creepy. Regarding the skin-tight costume worn by Johansson when in character as the Black Widow, interviewer Jerry Penacoli asked whether she was "able to wear undergarments" underneath.
8 Julianne Moore
The Mani Cam, a brainchild of E!, has recently become a derided feature amongst many female celebs. The feature, consisting of a miniature replica of the red carpet which celebrities 'walk' their fingers down to show off their manicures, rings and bracelets, was interesting as a novelty — when it first came about in 2012, many celebs were amused and willing to give it a go.
7 Fifth Harmony
Fifth Harmony is a girl band formed by Simon Cowell on the US X Factor, during its second season. The young women dealt brilliantly with sticky questions about what girls 'should' wear during an interview at the 2014 American Music Awards, saying that "[they] as women are not in a position to be telling other women what to do and what to not do".
6 Taylor Swift
Over the past year, Taylor Swift has moved away from the image of wholesome country-pop singer. The release of the single "Shake It Off" last year — from Swift's hit album 1989 — was widely viewed as direct attack on her media portrayal as the perpetually heartbroken girl who blames other women for stealing her man.
5 Amal Clooney
Hugely successful human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin made headlines when she married actor George Clooney in September 2014. Her new status as wife of one of the world's most eligible men means that she has been thrown into the world of high celebrity, and is under scrutiny for her every move, expression, and choice of outfit.
4 Jennifer Garner
At an Elle Women in Hollywood event in October of 2014, actress and producer Jennifer Garner gave a heartfelt speech on the ways in which she personally experiences sexism, particularly notable in opposition to her husband Ben Affleck. In one of the speech's most hard-hitting points, she noted the different questions she and her husband get asked at interviews.
3 Emma Stone
While the main focus surrounding recently-split Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield at the moment is whether or not they will reconcile, the couple came under public scrutiny for another reason in 2014, when Stone called out Garfield for a questionable remark.
2 Mark Ruffalo ft. Scarlett Johansson
As a wild card (and since the situation does directly involve a woman — Scarlett Johansson once again, as a matter of fact), actor Mark Ruffalo is included on this list for his brilliant participation in a joint interview with Johansson.
1 Emma Watson
As Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women, actress Emma Watson has the perfect platform to vocalise her views on feminism and sexism. In a 2014 speech at the United Nations, Watson put forward her movement He for She, which works towards worldwide gender equality. Watson presented it as a response to the sexism experienced by all women, and also to her own specific experiences of sexism, examples of which include her sexualization by the media when she was fourteen. She also cited the difficulties for men as a result of a sexist society, noting especially the mental health issues they often suffer because of their repressed emotions. As far as responses to sexism go, coming up with a counter movement and presenting it at the UN is possibly the best you could imagine.
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