How Natalie Portman shielded herself from 'sexual terrorism'

23 January, 2018, 02:26 | Author: Eleanor Thompson
  • Women's March Thousands take to the streets against Trump

Portman was speaking at the Los Angeles leg of the Women's March 2018 when she opened up about her experiences after appearing in first film Léon: The Professional in 1994.

Portman, an Academy Award victor, talked about feeling sexualized by the entertainment industry from the time her first film, "Leon: The Professional", was released when she was 13 and suggested it's time for "a revolution of desire". In movie reviews, the reviewers talked her developing breasts. "I felt the need to cover my body and to inhibit my expression and my work in order to send my own message to the world that I'm someone worthy of safety and respect", she said.

She said that to control her behavior through an environment of sexual terrorism, the response to her expression, the small comments about her body and the threatening intentional statements served it.

Scarlett Johansson on Saturday said, "I want my pin back, by the way", alluding to Globe victor James Franco who wore the Time's Up pin at the awards, but was later accused of sexual misconduct by five women.

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She said the Women's March "was a beacon of hope and defiance" past year, when Republican Donald Trump was inaugurated after beating her in the presidential election.

The protests were held on the first anniversary of Trump's inauguration as president of the USA and several of the marchers held signs criticizing the former reality TV star.

Natalie Portman says male sexualisation as a teenager made her rethink which films to work on.

The Black Swan actress is also one of 300 prominent women in the industry who contributed to launching Time's Up, which is a new initiative to help combat sexual harassment and assault. The actor carved out a reputation as a "prudish, conservative, nerdy, serious" young woman in the attempt to ensure her body felt protected and her voice listened to.

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However she added it was the only way she believed her voice could be heard, and that at 13, "the message from our culture" was clear to her.

The Los Angeles march was powered by the fiery speeches of Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Alfre Woodard, Viola Davis, Eva Longoria and Olivia Munn. Millions of people around the world marched during last year's rallies, and many on Saturday talked about the news avalanche of politics and gender issues in the past year.

As shocking as that story is, it wasn't even the last time she was ever objectified or sexually harassed despite the fact that she was barely a teen.

Even Palm Beach, Florida, home to Mr Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, saw several hundred people assemble bearing anti-Trump placards.

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