While things are definitely progressing in terms of gender equality, it’s still important for people to speak out about sexism and feminism. That’s why we totally applaud Mila Kunis for writing about sexism in the workplace.
Opening the essay, Mila detailed how a producer told her she would “Never work in this town again” if she didn’t pose semi-nude for a men’s magazine to promote a movie she’d starred in.
Stating that she felt objectified, Mila said that she put her foot down and refused.
Continuing, the star wrote that the producer had vocalized the fears that many women feel in the workplace.
This was something that she herself had feared.
Following the incident, Mila had a wakeup call.
With candor, Mila said that she realized she was complicit in encouraging inequalities between the sexes because she’d decided to “play by the rules.” It was this that encouraged the star to start her own production company, Orchard Farm Productions, in 2014.
However, things weren’t an immediate utopia, as Mila details. On the verge of signing a deal with a major studio, a producer they had initially approached to work on a project reduced the 33-year-old to her marriage with Ashton Kutcher and her ability to have children.
While Mila recognizes that gender bias is embedded in society, she wrote that she’s decided that enough is enough.
Passionately calling out for a change, Mila pledged to call out and confront comments like those she’d been subjected to.
Mila Kunis’ essay is so, so important. It was recently reported that at the rate things were going, it would take 136 years until women were earning the same as men, which is TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE.
As she wrote, if possible it’s important to face up against micro-agressions so that systematic and embedded behaviours can be changed, and the battle toward equality can progress.