Not every red carpet is about fashion. In fact, most aren’t, as they should be a celebration of accomplishments and not looks — especially that of Variety magazine’s Powered by Women luncheon.
According to Glamour, Blake Lively — an honoree at this year’s event for her work to end child pornography — was met not with a question about her endeavors but about her fashion choices, and decided to let the reporter know how inappropriate the question was.
“Are we really doing this? Would you ask a man that?” Lively said, according to a video captured by USA Today’s Maeve McDermott, reports Glamour. “[I hope we] become more aware, and that we change, and that we build women up. So, you can ask me another question.”
Attending the luncheon for her work with Child Rescue Coalition, a group that seeks to not only “apprehend and convict abusers of children,” but to also rescue those affected and prevent future abuse, Glamour points out that the journalist’s questions on fashion were egregiously unmerited, especially within the context of Lively’s speech:
“The kids are getting younger and the content is getting more devastating,” she said, according to USA Today. “When a law enforcement officer told me this, I asked, ‘How young are the victims?’ And he told me infants—and I have a 6-month-old daughter.”
Here’s hoping future reporters can focus more on what others do instead of how they look.
Female athletes are often asked questions that journalists would never consider asking to male athletes, from questions concerning their looks to questions on their dating lives. But according to New York Magazine’s The Cut, this trend is about to change.
Following the recent #AskHerMore campaign — an attempt to request journalists to ask female actresses and musicians more probing interview questions about their craft instead of the designers of their gowns — comes the #CoverTheAthlete campaign, a hashtag demanding journalists to ” take female athletes seriously: no more comments on hair, looks, bodies or boyfriends. Only questions and articles that actually talk about athletics,” says The Cut.
The initiative has even created a video to illustrate what it would be like if male athletes were asked the same demeaning questions that female athletes are asked. The results — some very confused male athletes.
To give further examples of the types of questions female athletes are subjected to, The Cut reports that the Cover the Athlete website cites several interviews and articles with Serena Williams, Eugenie Bouchard and Gabby Douglas in which everything but their sport and their careers are discussed. In a New York Times article about Williams, the reporter focused not on her athletic prowess, but on her “desire to have a ‘feminine’ body type,” focusing solely on her muscular physique.
In order to participate in the #CoverTheAthlete initiative, The Cut says, “The campaign requests that dissenters tweet #CoverTheAthlete at media outlets like ESPN and Fox Sports in order to draw attention to the unfair way women are treated in the athletic world.”
Help change the culture — tweet with #CoverTheAthlete.
A woman who is considered beautiful often garners questions of what the secret to her maintained beauty is. And if you’ve ever wondered what Nashville star Connie Britton’s beauty secret is, wonder no more.
Britton recently revealed that her beauty regimen relies on a healthy dose of something shoppers can’t find on the shelves — feminism.
According to The Huffington Post, Britton’s admission via a quasi-PSA video came as part of The Representation Project’s 2015 #AskHerMore campaign. This campaign is pushing for red carpet reporters to deviate from their standard questions inquiring about the designer of female celebrities’ gowns to ask them something more substantial. The video was written, directed and co-produced by fellow Nashville actress Laura Benanti, says The Huffington Post’s Emma Gray.
Benanti told The Huffington Post that because many young women are hesitant to proclaim themselves as ‘feminists,’ it demonstrates there is still a great misunderstanding surrounding the meaning of the term. “All people should be feminists. Also… feminists are funny, too,” she added.
In the short, Britton explains that when used regularly, “feminism has been known to produce amazing results, such as a woman’s right to vote, a woman’s right to her own body, a woman’s right to become a kickass athlete, the Violence Against Women Act, the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act and more.”
Before the ‘side-effects’ of feminism are shared at the conclusion of the video, Britton tells us that not only do women need feminism, it also “is made to be used on a daily basis and works best when shared.”
Thank you, Connie Britton and Laura Benanti, for showing us that women are more than the designers they wear and the products they use, and the only way to find out is to #AskHerMore.