What’s Current: Pamela Adlon reveals pressures girls face to sexualize in Hollywood

Pamela Adlon

A conversation between Pamela Adlon, Minnie Driver, Kathryn Hahn, and Issa Rae in The Hollywood Reporter reveal the incredible sexism women face in Hollywood. Pamela Adlon says:

“When I was 15, I was doing my second movie, and it was a really independent movie, so we were stealing locations, and we played orphans, so we’d break into somebody’s house. We’re shooting at one of those houses on Sunset, and you’re always supposed to have a guardian on set when you’re a minor, but mine was gone, and we did a scene where we broke into a house and then we go swimming in the pool. The scene is over, and I have a towel on, and the director comes over to me and he goes, ‘Pam, it would be really funny if you dropped the towel and we could just see your butt, like, really fast.'”

The Virginia shooter, James Hodgkinson, was arrested in 2006 on charges related to abuse of his foster daughter, making him the latest man to commit a mass shooting who has a history of abusing women and girls.

Rolling Stone magazine is set to settle a defamation suit, brought by a fraternity at the University of Virginia, over discredited a 2014 story about a gang rape that was later discredited, by paying $1.65 million in damages.

A recently released report details how a pregnant Irish girl seeking an abortion was instead placed in a psychiatric clinic against her will.

Keep trying to silence Kamala Harris, you’re only making her stronger.

The New York Times has more on the universal phenomenon of men interrupting women.

Susan Cox
Susan Cox

Susan Cox is a feminist writer and academic living in the United States. She teaches in Philosophy.

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  • M. Zoidberg

    Big chunks of Hollywood are just a few steps removed from porn. The HBO and Showtime shows that some of those ladies find themselves on is just soft-core porn with better story lines and production value.

    • Marla

      I agree. They are porn actors only with a script.

      • BenEsler

        This is kind of a weirdly worded comment. The actors are not the problem.

        • Tired feminist

          No one said they are.

          • BenEsler

            I suspect a great many actresses would take exception to being characterised as porn actors.

          • Tired feminist

            And…? Feminist criticism is not about individuals, ffs.

    • RadFemFem

      Yes! Thank you. It also angers me how much HBO is mentioned on all other TV shows/Networks, even ‘The Simpsons’, HBO must send out many thick envelopes. And in part I believe the Actors perpetuate it, they have the power to say no to the script/role, but they don’t because they don’t give a shit and they believe the porn element will make it ‘edgy’ oh and the Rape? well that just makes the show ‘Relatable’– Barf!

  • Tobysgirl

    And while Kamala Harris is grilling Jeff Sessions (I’d like to see him actually grilled, it might bring a little color to that blank white face), issues that are destroying this country and the world go unaddressed. What an incredible waste of time and energy! And how happy the banksters and the military-industrial complex and all the other bloodsuckers are! We need an opposition party in the United States instead of McCarthyist Democrats toting water for the bloodsuckers.

  • Tired feminist

    Are you playing dumb or just being dumb? You’re a professional actor and don’t know what a figure of speech is?

    • BenEsler

      I don’t understand the purpose of using a figure of speech that demeans abuse victims. As an actor I know only too well, from harrowing personal experience, how actors can be mistreated. I have had to refuse to participate in scenes that were abusive, and been penalized for it, but that is still a luxury I am afforded, given that I’m not a young woman afraid of what might happen to me if I say ‘no’. So… ‘no’. I am not playing dumb. I don’t understand how calling trained professionals who are being exploited in the workplace anything other than victims is appropriate. They’re not porn actors, metaphorically or otherwise. They’re people who have turned up to a do a job as professional actors and, upon arriving at work, have been abused.

      • Tired feminist

        Duuuude. Calm down.

        I’ll say it again slowly: no one in this thread said actors are the problem. Chill.

        • BenEsler

          Sigh. I see this conversation is unlikely to bear fruit.

  • BenEsler

    Given your screen name and the site you’re posting at your arguments seem utterly bizarre to me. Telling someone talking about abuse to “calm down”? Saying, essentially, “language doesn’t matter, can’t you take a joke”? Suggesting people only find demeaning insinuations and comparisons made about abused women to be offensive if they’re true?

    It’s very strange. These are standard go to’s for twitter misogynists.

    • Tired feminist

      The only thing that is “bizarre” here (or not really, it’s rather predictable) is that you feel entitled to tone police women on a feminist website and can’t take a criticism of porn culture non-personally. You say the women in porn are not to blame, yet freaked the fuck out when someone compared women in Hollywood with women in porn. Why? Cognitive dissonance much?

      • BenEsler

        I’m not policing your tone. I am, however, absolutely perplexed by your arguments. Tone policing would be telling someone to “calm down” when they talk about their personal experience of abuse, or suggest that your attitude towards victims is implicitly disparaging. The criticism, as stated, wasn’t of “porn culture”; it was of individual victims who deserve better. Sadly, I anticipated it would only be a matter of time before you called me ‘entitled’ and implied it was sexist of me to have an opinion that differs to your own, which is why I tried to end this conversation sooner. As I said, I do not think this is likely to be fruitful. Personally, I feel we should wrap it up.