Natalie Portman slams society for not allowing women to feel anger

Natalie Portman slams society for not allowing women to feel anger


Marvel star Natalie Portman has hit out at society and claimed that women have been ‘socialised to believe that we’re not feeling angry’.

The actress has opened up on the pressures facing women in 2019 and suggested that every time women cry they think it is because they are upset when it is actually because they are angry.

‘We’ve been socialised to believe that we’re not feeling angry – we’re feeling sad, we’re feeling upset,’ she said.

‘And when I realised that, there was a sudden shift in my mind, and I thought, “oh my God, all those times when I would burst into tears, I was actually angry!”

‘I just didn’t know how to express it.’

The 38-year-old mother-of-two added that she also believes that being valued for your beauty is ‘tenuous’ because it ‘lives for a second’.

Speaking in the September issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK magazine, Natalie said: ‘As a woman, you are constantly fighting against only being valued for your looks, because it becomes a very tenuous thing, to be defined by the gaze of others, the opinion of others.

‘And beauty is, by definition, ephemeral, it’s a thing that that you can’t trap in time, it’s a butterfly, it lives for a second.

‘So to make a lifetime worthwhile and have meaning cannot rest on beauty.’

Natalie will next star as astronaut Lucy Cola in Lucy In The Sky – which has been produced by Reese Witherspoon – and she admitted she has been ‘so inspired’ by the many women she has met following the launch of the Time’s Up movement.

The movement was launched in the wake of the Hollywood sex scandal in 2017 by stars including Big Little Lies star and producer Reese.

She said: ‘I’ve been so inspired by the many women I’ve met through Time’s Up – like Reese Witherspoon, America Ferrera and Kerry Washington – who are doing such impressive creative work, producing, acting, directing and taking such good care of their families.

‘They are inspiring activists and also great friends. Whenever I think I have too much to handle, I see what they’re doing and know I can do more.’

The September issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK is on sale from Friday 2 August 2019.

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