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Yes, you're all sexist! Ass-kicking female celebrities who called out sexism

Vivian KELLY
by Vivian KELLY Published on February 18, 2014

Sexism is still rife in our society and is by no means withering away, so it's always empowering to see strong celebrity women who are standing up to end it. These ladies were patronized, undermined and put down, but they're still holding ground and kicking some MAJOR sexism butt while they're at it. It’s time we paid some homage to these inspiring women. See their amazing comebacks in the face of sexism.

Our love for these ladies has grown (immensely). If you think the rich and famous have nothing to worry about, don’t kid yourself. Strong female celebrities are bashed and dehumanized everyday simply for their gender.

The media perpetuates women as sexual objects rather than rightly honoring them for their work and accomplishments. So instead of discovering what inspires these strong successful celebrities the media are more interested in talking about their outward appearances.

The politics of being a woman is focused on her image. Things like, what’s your top beauty secret? What’s your exercise routine like? What do you eat for breakfast?

It’s embarrassingly familiar and almost an expectation nowadays and while we do wanna know these things, we have to ask ourselves why we don't ask similar questions of men. It's time we put a stop to society's objectification of women and start honoring them for their intelligence and abilities.

Check out these bad-ass celebrities who fought back to set sexism straight...

Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett rocked the red carpet in a blush pink Givenchy gown at the SAG Awards and her attention for it did not go amiss. Whilst joining TV personality, Giuliana Rancic the actress called out on E!’s red carpet camera for scanning her up and down. She crouched down to the cameraman’s level pointed and said, “Do you guys do this to the guys?”

The camera, dubbed the ‘Glam Cam’ shows the inexplicable sexism that even celebrity women face today.

The girl power move wasn’t her first lash at sexism either. While promoting Blue Jasmine in London she identified herself as a feminist.

"I'm reading a book by Anne Summers called, The Misogyny Factor, and I feel that all of the steps forward that we've made ... a lot of those have been rescinded," she said.

"Conservatism is affecting the way women perceive who they are in the world."

​And let’s not forget when Elisabeth Moss spiced things up at the SAG Awards when she flipped off the mani cam on live TV.

Where was Matthew Mcconaughey's close-up mani, huh?

Emma Stone

Major props to Miss Stone for addressing sexism.

During a cover shoot and interview with American Teen Vogue in 2012 Emma Stone called out sexism when she and her on and off screen boyfriend, Andrew Garfield were promoting The Amazing Spider Man.

When Emma was questioned about her new hair color Andrew immediately interrupted saying, “Oh my god, this is one thing about being a girl that I will never understand. It's like hearing a different language.... Well, how do you feel?”

Emma described her forever-changing hair hues going on to make a point on how the media is constantly asking about what she’s wearing or the 'one thing she can’t live without'. And she ain't happy about it.

She turned to Andrew and said, “You get asked interesting, poignant questions because you are a boy?”

“It is sexism”.

If you're dying to see more of the adorable twosome in action, The Amazing Spider Man 2 will be released in theaters on May 2, 2014.

Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz took over headlines recently with the launch of her new tell-all book, The Body Book, which aims to help women feel beautiful and comfortable in their own skin. But although she’s a strong-minded female, she too, faces sexism in more ways than we think.

Take relationships for example. Cameron Diaz shot back at sexism in the media in February’s copy of Self magazine addressing the issues as 'chauvinistic and misogynist'.

In talks about her former love-life Cameron reflected on the ways she's been blamed for her broken relationships (simply because she’s a woman). She said, "If a relationship fails, it's because the woman couldn't hold on to her man, not that the man cheated. It's terrifying for a woman to get out of a relationship, because it's always going to be her fault.

"I get that a lot, being a single woman. The reports are always saying that I'm 'acting inappropriately' toward men. I don't at all harp on that s—, but I clock it. I notice it. And then I let it go because there is nothing I can do about it."

The media undermines females for being single or in unhealthy relationships all the time. Take Miley Cyrus or Taylor Swift for instance? Miley has apparently gone off the wall and Taylor is apparently a man-whore.

What do you think?​

We couldn't agree more with Cameron!

Mindy Kaling

Funnywoman, Mindy Kaling is an all-round bad-ass woman. The actress-writer-producer who runs her own sitcom, The Mindy Project stepped up to misogyny in her latest interview with Parade magazine and gave sexism it a big slap in the face.

It’s obvious that every woman will have to confront social issues at some point or another whether it’s to do with gender, sexual orientation or race. Mindy herself is constantly jumping the hurdles of anti-feminism and she’s taking no more of it.

She said, “There are little Indian girls out there who look up to me, and I never want to belittle the honor of being an inspiration to them. But while I’m talking about why I’m so different, white male show runners get to talk about their art.”

Female celebs are regularly asked about how they maintain their “prettiness” with questions regarding exercise, love life, and fashion sense.

But the South Asian starlet isn't down to be pigeonholed to these set of ideals any longer. Similarly to Emma, Mindy has felt the overwhelming interest in her work-life balance which is commonly stigmatized by journalists.

“I always get asked, “Where do you get your confidence?” I think people are well meaning, but it’s pretty insulting. Because what it means to me is, “You, Mindy Kaling, have all the trappings of a very marginalized person. You’re not skinny, you’re not white, you’re a woman. Why on earth would you feel like you’re worth anything?,” says Mindy.

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence, Hollywood’s gorgeous “it girl” caused a media riot when she said calling people “fat” should be made illegal. To us, she's absolutely perfect, but to Hollywood she's arguably "obese" (her words, not ours!).

In her fight to rid body image as a way of perceiving her J-Law slammed Fashion Police for promoting negative body language to young girls telling the media that it’s NOT okay to call someone ugly.

In November’s exclusive interview with Barbra Walters she said, “Why is humiliating people funny? I get it, and I do it, too. We all do it...

“I just think it should be illegal to call somebody fat on TV.”

She continued “If we’re regulating cigarettes and sex and cuss words, because of the effect it has on our younger generation, why aren’t we regulating things like calling people fat?”

It’s admirable to see J-Law calling out for positive attitudes towards body image. Major girl power to you Jen!

Nigella Lawson

Journalist-turned-chef, Nigella Lawson, shared her views of society's gender roles destroying a woman’s place in the kitchen. In an interview with The Observer’s Food Monthly, Nigella Lawson told Elizabeth Day that she’s “baffled” to be asked if she's a feminist, because it was so “self-evident”.

She went on to describe how sexism has encouraged women to feel a sense of “dread in the kitchen” portraying it as some sort of chore. (Because women are so eager to step away from those common perceptions!)

She said, “Women of my generation were keen — rightly — not to be tied to the stove, but the ramifications of this were that they felt a sense of dread in the kitchen. How can this be good for anyone? I also feel that to denigrate any activity because it has traditionally been associated with the female sphere is in itself anti-feminist.”

So why is pursuing a high-paying career considered an effective way to void anti-feminism? What do you think?

Where do you stand on the media’s double standards for women? Tweet us @wewomenUSA

by Vivian KELLY

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