Quote of the Day

[Content Note: Misogyny; ageism; racism.]

"I love Meryl Streep. She's such an incredible actress. But I feel like she's the only one in her age group who gets those parts. I'd like to see Jessica Lange in a movie again, you know? Or Susan Sarandon. Why isn't Viola Davis a lead in a film? She's one of the greatest actresses alive. And where are the Asian actors and actresses? I'm not saying, 'We don't want movies about men.' I'm just saying, 'Come on, all the men I know love women. So let's also have some stories about these women. Let's write something for them, guys—and let's make room for women writers, too.'"—Actress Jessica Chastain, on the need for more, and more diverse, roles for women.

It's so amazing how every single time a woman advocates for more opportunities for women, she is reflexively obliged to say, "I'm not saying that men should not have opportunities anymore."

In case it isn't evident, that is not a criticism of Chastain. I do the same damn thing. We all do it, because we know the inevitable blowback, in which our advocacy for women is immediately and mendaciously misconstrued as hatred of men, is coming. It always is. Always.

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