Olivia Wilde is speaking out against the sexism on and off-set. The second-year director is passionate about empowerment of women, working with other women in Hollywood and breaking gender stereotypes. Even though she’s all about feminism, she is still on the receiving end of double standards when it comes to gender and motherhood.
Participating In A Patriarchal System
Mother of two knows that her celebrity status means that she will be scrutinized relentlessly by the media. However, what she can’t understand is why the media is so set on pitting women against one another.
The following is an Interview with Elle, Wilde reflected on what it’s like to be under scrutiny all the time. “Having been a known figure for a while…makes me well-equipped to have a Teflon exterior. But it also means that you’re under a different kind of microscope. It’s brought my attention to the media and how it pits women against one another.”
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What’s more, Wilde questions why women in society continue to buy into this competition. Wilde makes waves with her latest movie. Don’t Worry DarlingShe explains how the movie addresses the role of women in patriarchal systems.
“I’m very curious about our collective complicity in [upholding] the patriarchy,” admitted Wilde. “I had no interest in making a feminist parable that was judgy or that defined men as bad and women as good. I was much more interested in that tense space where we recognize our own participation in the system that objectifies us.”
What Happens When Your Role as a Mother is Questioned
Wilde’s experience in the spotlight also has the public and media questioning her role as mom. This is a double standard for Wilde and her male counterparts, according to the director. “I share custody of my kids with my ex. If I’m photographed not with my kids, people assume I have abandoned them, like my kids are just somewhere in a hot car without me. The suggestion is that I have abandoned my role as a mother. You know why you don’t see me with my kids? Because I don’t let them get photographed. Do you know the lengths that I go to to protect my kids from being seen by you?”
Wilde’s motherhood is sometimes questioned by the media. However, Wilde continues teaching her children and showing the public how to empower women. Wilde is determined to direct and star in films that promote a feminist view of women. Wilde will be directing two movies about the topic. “raw determination of women,”This is an area that the director is devoted to.
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Wilde acknowledged that the times are changing. Women in Hollywood have been coming together since the #MeToo movement. “There’s a much stronger sense of community. We were kept in separate rooms for a long time. … [Women] could realize, ‘Wait a minute, why have I been told you’re my competitor? You’re not. You’re actually my partner. How convenient that they told us we were competitors.’”