I think we can all agree that Mila Kunis is awesome, but even world famous movie stars have to deal with gender bias at work. Kunis opened up about the sexism she's faced during her career in Hollywood in an essay for A Plus.
In the essay, Kunis writes about an incident where a producer told her she'd "never work in this town again" after she refused to pose semi-nude for the cover of a men's magazine to promote their film. (Was this producer a cliché character in a movie about the golden days of Hollywood? Perhaps.) Kunis recalls:
I was livid, I felt objectified, and for the first time in my career I said "no." And guess what? The world didn't end. The film made a lot of money and I did work in this town again, and again, and again. What this producer may never realize is that he spoke aloud the exact fear every woman feels when confronted with gender bias in the workplace.
Kunis goes on to detail other instances of gender bias she's experienced over the course of her career, including an email chain while her production company was pitching a show to networks in which a producer referred to her as "One of the biggest actors in Hollywood and soon to be Ashton's wife and baby mama."
Kunis felt that his emphasis on Ashton "reduced my value to nothing more than my relationship to a successful man and my ability to bear children."
She admits that this was just one small, seemingly harmless comment, but points out that "it's these very comments that women deal with day in and day out in offices, on calls, and in emails — microaggressions that devalue the contributions and worth of hard-working women."
Kunis also points out that many women don't speak up when they experience this subtle sexism because they're afraid of compromising their success or being labeled "a bitch." But as Mila puts it, quite frankly, the expectation that women in the workforce should "play by the rules of the boy's club" is "bullshit!"
"I'm done compromising; even more so, I'm done with being compromised," she says.
Amen, sister. You can read her entire essay here.