Emma Watson Spells Out Hollywood’s Upsetting Sexism with Some Simple Math
Emma Watson does the simple math for a rather complicated and unsimplified equation, that being the sexism experienced by women in Hollywood.
The numbers don’t lie, and paint an incredibly upsetting picture of the power structure in the film industry, which admittedly is changing for the better because of women like Watson and the many brilliant female directors and producers themselves.
Watson explained to The Guardian in plain terms what the gender distribution is like for her in her past projects:
I have experienced sexism in that I have been directed by male directors 17 times and only twice by women. Of the producers I’ve worked with 13 have been male and only one has been a woman.
But I am lucky: I have always insisted on being treated equally and have generally won that equality. Most of the problems I have encountered have been in the media, where I have been treated so incredibly differently from my male co-stars.
She goes on to add that her involvement with the U.N. (where she launched her successful HeForShe Campaign, a solidarity movement for gender equality) is unfortunately no better in terms of equal female and male representation. She commented,
I think my work with the UN has probably made me even more aware of the problems. I went out for a work dinner recently. It was 7 men… and me.
Watson, 25, concludes that there is a definite disjunction that is especially realized when sexism manifests itself and something in fact bad does happen, oftentimes because other women also perpetuate sexism:
If something does go wrong in the workplace, the support network is not brilliant. The men at the top often find it difficult to relate to a lot of the problems women face and therefore we aren’t taken very seriously. Yet, women are just as guilty of discriminating against women. Some of the best feminists I have encountered are men, like Steve Chbosky who directed me in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and director James Ponsoldt who I am working with at the moment [on The Circle]. Some women can be incredibly prejudiced against other women!
Which just goes to show that feminism can (and should!) go both ways too.