Natalie Portman has spoken out about the way in which women have been taught to suppress their anger, expressing her belief that women have been “socialised” to interpret their rage in a specific way.
In a new interview the actor opened up about how when women experience anger, they are frequently pressured into feeling as though it is a different emotion.
“We’ve been socialised to believe that we’re not feeling angry – we’re feeling sad, we’re feeling upset,” Portman said.
“And when I realised that, there was a sudden shift in my mind, and I thought, ‘Oh my god, all those times where I would burst into tears, I was actually angry!’ I just didn’t know how to express it!”
The star outlined how her work with the Time’s Up movement has helped her make the acquaintance of several other female celebrities who she finds inspirational.
“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,” Portman stated.
“Whenever I think I have too much to handle, I see what they’re doing and know I can do more.”
Portman, who is the face of the fragrance Miss Dior, explained the importance of an influential individual like Chiuri designing clothes for other women.
“It’s wonderful to have a woman designing for other women, someone who understands us, and knows that maybe we might want to wear a T-shirt with a skirt and flats, or pockets in our dresses,” she said.
“If a woman can’t breathe in her dress, what does that mean? It’s the most literal symbol of oppression that you could possibly have – it’s so political.”
It was recently announced that Portman will play a “female Thor” in the latest sequel from the Marvel franchise of the same name.
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