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The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence has spoken out about sexism and the wage gap in Hollywood. In an essay titled, “Why Do I Make Less Than My Male Co-Stars?” for Lenny Letter, Jennifer lays it all out on the table.
“I’m over trying to find the ‘adorable’ way to state my opinion and still be likeable!” she wrote.
“All I hear and see all day are men speaking their opinions, and I give mine in the same exact manner, and you would have thought I had said something offensive.”
It might be surprising to think that Hollywood is living under a double standard, but Jennifer explained that the sexism runs deep — even affecting the wages.
After the Sony hack, it was revealed just how much less Jennifer was being paid than her male co-stars in American Hustle.
“I got mad at myself. I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early.” She explains, “I didn’t want to seem ‘difficult’ or ‘spoiled.’”
Jennifer goes on to question, “Are we socially conditioned to behave this way? … Could there still be a lingering habit of trying to express our opinions in a certain way that doesn’t ‘offend’ or ‘scare’ men?”
Her letter was well received, with many fans applauding her for speaking out.
Jennifer Lawrence's thing in Lenny Letter makes me like her a helluva lot more than all the falling over she does
— Sarah Breen (@SarahJayBee) October 13, 2015
While J-Law hasn’t been known to speak much on the topic of feminism, she has pointed out the importance of talking about the issues.
Mockingjay – Part 2, the last installment of The Hunger Games, arrives in theatres in November.