Oscar winning actress, Natalie Portman, was honored this past Friday at Variety’s Power of Women Event. She has been no stranger to speaking out on behalf of women everywhere, and things were no different here. She began to list the subtle ways we can stop sexism and misogyny.
One particular comment seemed to get the crowd going.
“Stop the rhetoric that a woman is crazy or difficult. If a man says to you that a woman is crazy or difficult, ask him, ‘What bad thing did you do to her?'”
She went on to speak about diversity.
“If any group youÛªre in has people who only look like you, change that group. ItÛªs an awakening experience to hear from women who have different experiences of marginalization.”
Both of these comments are particularly salient. Women in positions of power, or women who ask for what they need are often labeled as ‘overbearing’ or ‘crazy’ for engaging in behaviors that men are celebrated for. Furthermore, her comments about diversity highlight how levers of privilege work across differences of sex, gender, sexuality, race, economic station etc. This means that a room full of women doesn’t go far enough if all of those women are white, cis, straight, able-bodied and economically privileged. Diversifying the people in the room means diversifying the perspectives.
People were especially here for her “what bad thing did you do to her,” question.
_ÙÓ´_ÙÓ´_ÙÓ´_ÙÓ´WHAT BAD THING DID YOU DO TO HER _ÙÓ´_ÙÓ´_ÙÓ´_ÙÓ´
— Michelle B (@pintsizedMB) October 13, 2018
Preach. The ones that call them crazy neeeever admit what theyÛªve knowingly done to make them act that way.
— Kat (@kattyshack89) October 12, 2018
“what bad thing did you do to her?” pic.twitter.com/p9lxg7xvEC
— Kanye, West Vagina (@BrownBrian333) October 12, 2018
I literally used to always say this! Like back in highschool. I was like okay well what did YOU do _Ù÷â_Ù÷â
— The Velvet Dress (@thevelvetdress_) October 12, 2018
Thank you, #7…been saying this since I was 12 years old.
— Plague A'both Your Houses (@lindamarieb123) October 12, 2018
People also had some choice criticism for some men who got a little salty in the Twitter responses.
Why is every criticism I see of Natalie PortmanÛªs speech coming from men? Oh right, because thereÛªs little scarier to fragile masculinity than a woman demanding the space back that you stole from her _Ùªã pic.twitter.com/m0uVQksD8H
— Amy (@Burtini) October 13, 2018
The majority of men in these mentions… pic.twitter.com/gobfZahQdY
— _Ù_ÄSpookily Tell TERFs to Eat Shit_Ù_Ä (@xeronius) October 12, 2018
And most were here for all of it.
— Obi-Wan Kenobi (@SirBenKenobi) October 13, 2018
— cynthia korzekwa (@muymarcottage) October 13, 2018
Marry me Natalie
— Zach Zilla (@ZachZilla89) October 13, 2018
— 1LowBattery_ÙÕÇ (@1lowbattery) October 13, 2018