Why Jennifer Garner Is Mad at Hollywood

Jennifer GarnerThere are so many reasons to love Jennifer Garner -- besides the fact that she's married to Ben Affleck and they have one of the most adorable families in Hollywood. She's humble, funny, and honest about the things in life that no one else dares to talk about. Recently, after speculation that she was pregnant with baby number four, Jen went on The Ellen Show  to set the record straight, saying that after three kids -- her "baby bump" was never going away! Amen to that!

And last night, Jen broke barriers again, speaking her mind about sexism in Hollywood while being honored at Elle magazine's "Women in Hollywood" event.


Jen started by wondering why there was a need for a "Women in Hollywood" event at all considering you never hear of "Men in Hollywood" events.

I mean, the men in Hollywood event is every day—it's called Hollywood. Fifty-one percent of the population should not have to have to schedule a special event to celebrate the fact that in an art that tells the story of what it means to be human and alive, we get to play a part.

But I really loved the personal story that Jen shared next that really highlights the difference between men and women in Hollywood -- and how she sees it first hand being married to an actor who gets the opposite treatment and experience in the industry.

My husband and I do kind of the same job, a little bit. Not long ago we both had one of those magical days, we call it a junket, where we both attended these lovely events where people come in every four minutes, they ask the same questions over and over again, you know the drill. We got home at night and we compared notes. And I told him every single person who interviewed me, I mean every single one, and this is true of the red carpet here tonight Elle, asked me, ‘How do you balance work and family?' and he said the only thing that people asked him repeatedly was about the tits on the ‘Blurred Lines' girl, which, for the record if we're talking about them, they are real and they are fabulous. Take a look and enjoy. As for work-life balance, he said no one asked him about it that day. As a matter of fact, no one had ever asked him about it. And we do share the same family. Isn't it time to kinda change that conversation?

Yes Jen, it's 100 percent time to start changing that conversation. Why aren't we asking Jen about her hot male co-stars? Or what Ben does to even out their household roles? Or what about even more thought provoking questions about what Jen looks for in a role or what she wants to do in her career beyond Hollywood?

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I think there are many more women in Hollywood from actresses to directors to producers who feel the same way as Jen, and the landscape is definitely changing as more and more women are speaking out. In fact, I think women feel this way across the board in every industry as the conversations about feminism and sexism get louder and stronger all the time. Thank you Jen for raising the stakes and giving us all something more to think about!

What do you think about Jen's speech? What are your feelings on sexism in Hollywood and your own life?


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