USA Today: She Wanted a Hollywood Career. Her Agent Wanted Sex.

USA Today published She Wanted a Hollywood Career. Her Agent Wanted Sex.

“If a woman decides that she needs to have sex with a Hollywood producer in order to advance her career and actually does it and finds the whole thing offensive, that’s not rape,” Brafman said. “You made a conscious decision that you’re willing to do something that is personally offensive in order to advance your career.”

Why I’m Done Trying to be “Man Enough” by Justin Baldoni

Justin Baldoni presented Why I’m Done Trying to be “Man Enough” as a TED Talk.

What It’s Like to Be a Woman in Hollywood by Naomi McDougall Jones

Naomi McDougall Jones presented What It’s Like to Be a Woman in Hollywood as a TED Talk.

Thoughtlessness

Earlier this month Dove posted an ad that was deemed insensitive. It seemed to be a before and after with the before being a black woman and the after being a white woman, leaving the impression that cleansing would turn you from black to white. They apologized and made the typical statement about it not being intentional, etc. In all honesty it probably wasn’t “intentional” but it’s too common and a sign of something subconscious. If it wasn’t we’d have examples of the opposite, the black person portrayed in the more positive position. Unfortunately time and time again it’s the same.

Again, I don’t think this is usually intentional, but it’s in a blind spot. As a black man I have the odd or unique position of being on the disadvantaged side of racism and advantaged side of sexism. Being on both sides makes me think about things from multiple angles. I see some of the things my female friends go through and see they were hurt by others thoughtlessness and do my best to realize some of the things I go through are also due to thoughtlessness instead of maliciousness. Intentional or not, many actions still need to be addressed, but hopefully moving from malicious to thoughtless is a step in the right direction.

The Data Behind Hollywood’s Sexism by Stacy Smith

Stacy Smith presented The Data Behind Hollywood’s Sexism as a TED Talk.