Scarlett Johansson Thinks It’s ‘Obnoxious’ to Talk About Her Experiences with Gender Inequality
Gracing the cover of the May 2016 edition for the first time in nine years, the Captain America: Civil War star opens up about utilizing Planned Parenthood, feminism, and what it means to have equal pay in the industry.
“There are countries at war, there’s terrorism, global warming, and we’re like, ‘We should definitely cut the budget for Planned Parenthood. Let’s take away the availability of women’s health initiatives!’ … It’s nuts. We’re talking about preventing cervical and breast cancers,” she tells the publication. “Growing up, I used [PP’s] services. All my girlfriends did — not just for birth control but for Pap smears and breast exams.”
She continues, “You read about the rise of back-alley abortions, women having to mutilate themselves and teenagers having to seek help in unsafe conditions, and for what?! We’re moving backward when we’re supposed to be moving forward.”
However, when it comes to the gender pay gap that is still affecting many women in society today, the 31-year-old thinks it’s a “little obnoxious” to speak about her own experiences about the issue.
“There’s something icky about me having that conversation unless it applies to a greater whole,” she explains. “I am very fortunate, I make a really good living, and I’m proud to be an actress who’s making as much as many of my male peers at this stage”
She adds, “I think every woman has [been underpaid], but unless I’m addressing it as a larger problem, for me to talk about my own personal experience with it feels a little obnoxious. It’s part of a larger conversation about feminism in general.”
In the same interview, Johansson opens up about hitting rock bottom. According to the actress, she realized that she had to cut negative people out of her life after dealing someone who was “attractively unavailable.”
“Long, long ago, I had someone in my life who was forever unavailable … but, like, so attractively unavailable,” she says. “You have to get to your breaking point … rock bottom is the moment when you’re like, ‘I’ve lost myself. Why am I standing outside this bar at 1:30 in the morning texting while my friends are inside? Or taking a taxi to see him at some ungodly hour? This isn’t me.'”
“That is the moment you’ve gotta cut it off. Otherwise, it will keep coming back, suck your blood.”