Carrie vs. Portman


“Errol Flynn was that guy — that one guy, we all know them — who was too handsome for his own good. Early on, he figured out what his looks could do for him, and he rode that wave to various destinations. He was a textbook womanizer, an astoundingly successful player — a lech, a cad, a rake, and any number of other British-sounding adjectives that describe the combination of sexual appetite and the charisma required to feed it. When I look at him, I’m simultaneously repulsed and seduced: I know exactly the kind of guy he is, the compliments he’d offer, how he’d make every girl feel unique. What a skeezy, totally hot bastard.”

My mother and my aunt Lillian dated Errol Flynn before they were eighteen. Their mother chased Errol and his friend out of the Rosamond home with a broom when they showed up drunk at dawn. Carrie Fisher is in my family tree. Natalie’s parents knew Hollywood had a bad reputation. Being Jewish parents, they watched their young daughter like a hawk.  She was thrilled to meet Carrie, who reveals all the ropes and pitfalls in her book ‘Postcards From The Edge’. Can you spot the WRONG photo above?

When was Hollywood a safe place for young starlets who are pitted against aging stars, who felt threatened.  Old producers and other men, exploited this unfair and sexist beauty contest that put and old beauty out in the cold. Natalie knew it was a cutthroat business. Consider the Immortal Greek and Roman Gods, who thanked their lucky stars they were not growing old, which is the curse of mortals, that is the base of most Greek Tragedies. Reese Witherspoon says she too is a VICTIM of all this……………..DRAMA!

What pays the salary of these actresses is the desire of tens of millions of movie goers to see images of sexy and beautiful women on the silver screen, and at the check-out line at the grocery store, where they reveal their inner most secrets, and tell the world around the clock, Hollywood is a shithole. Many starlets quit early, and get a real job.

Jon Presco

Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman told the crowd at Saturday’s Women’s March in downtown Los Angeles that she experienced what she calls “sexual terrorism” as a 13-year-old after the release of the film, The Professional.

Portman described her pride and excitement in releasing the film, only to encounter sexually explicit messages both directed toward her and made about her.

I excitedly opened my first fan mail to read a rape fantasy that a man had written me,” she recalled. “A countdown was started on my local radio show to my 18th birthday, euphemistically the date that I would be legal to sleep with. Movie reviewers talked about my budding breasts in reviews.”

”I understood very quickly, even as a 13-year-old, that if I were to express myself sexually, I would feel unsafe,” she said. “And that men would feel entitled to discuss and objectify my body to my great discomfort. So I quickly adjusted my behavior. I rejected any role that even had a kissing scene and talked about that choice deliberately in interviews. I emphasized how bookish I was and how serious I was. And I cultivated an elegant way of dressing. I built a reputation for basically being prudish, conservative, nerdy, serious, in an attempt to feel that my body was safe and that my voice would be listened to.”

Portman is one of several actresses to share devastating experiences of sexual harassment and abuse in the entertainment industry in recent months. At Saturday’s event, Portman wore a Time’s Up t-shirt, representing a group of advocates and entertainers aiming to end sexual misconduct and achieve gender equality in the workplace. The group is also working with a legal initiative to help those who have been subjected to gender bias, harassment, or abuse, gain justice.

Portman spoke at the 2018 Women’s March in Los Angeles, one of hundreds of similar events around the world marking the the one-year anniversary of the record-setting slate of marches last year under the same banner. The theme overall in 2018 was Power to the Polls, centered on voting and encouraging women to run for public office. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti estimated 500,000 people rallied there on Saturday, following months of debate and activism about sexual harassment in the entertainment industry, particularly after Harvey Weinstein and dozens of other powerful men have been accused of sexual misconduct.

In early January, actresses attended the Golden Globes in a protest wearing all black, to spur a conversation about sexual inequality in Hollywood and beyond, with some men wearing black in solidarity and Time’s Up pins. As my colleague Anna North wrote this month, “While they’re far from the first to work against harassment, the Hollywood women of Time’s Up have been granted a large platform in the wake of #MeToo, and they say they’re committed to using it not just for themselves, but on behalf of women who have gotten less attention.”

Some As for Johansson, she used her opportunity at the microphone to address abuses of power and reflect on her own experiences as a young actress. “How is it ok for someone in a position of power to use that power to take advantage of someone in a lesser position just because you can? Does that ever make it ok?” she asked.  “If a person isn’t saying yes, but they aren’t saying no, how can anyone feel justified to make that decision for them?”

In reaction to recent revelations in Hollywood and other industries, the actress experienced a range of emotions as she turned inward.”Suddenly, I was 19 again and I started to remember all the men I’d known who had taken advantage of the fact that I was a young woman who didn’t yet have the tools to say no, or to understand the value of my own self-worth,” the Avengers star described. “I had many relationships both personal and professional where the power dynamic was so off that I had to create a narrative in which I was the cool girl who could hang in and hang out, and that sometimes meant compromising what felt right for me and that seemed ok compromising my voice and therefore allowing myself to be unseen and degraded and whether it was intended by the other party or not because it allowed me to have the approval that women are conditioned to need.”
As she concluded her comments on their shared experiences as women subjected to expectation and conditioning, the star looked to the future with her daughter Rose in mind.”For me, moving forward means my daughter growing up in a world where she doesn’t have to be a victim of what has cruelly become the social norm. That she doesn’t have to fit into the bindings of the female condition,” she stated. “Time’s up on the female condition.”

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