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Cannes: Jane Campion addresses sexism in film

All you privileged men who just don't get this. At one time you wouldn't give us the vote. Forget about working or an Olympic sport. Women just can't play tennis so they don't deserve the same pay as men. Women are stupid and don't have the same brain capacity as men. Women should not be doing any job which is traditionally held by men. Women are the weaker sex. They can't manage the same job as men. Women won't be hired because one day they will get married and have children. Hollywood is perhaps one of the most old fashioned industries in the world. It does not reflect the lives of women. Stories about men, by men, fantasies by men of women who are beautiful, just wives or girlfriends and certainly not doing the same job as men. Hollywood promotes fantasy while living in a fantasy world where women are second. And Hollywood, time and time again, promotes the lie that no one is interested in a female POV. Men - you don't know how privileged you are. I hear of so many amazing stories about strong women over the past decades - true stories about real girls and women - the courage, the tenacity, the power - yet these stories don't get made because you carry on the propaganda that says that men are the heroes - Batman, Superman, Spiderman - and girls and women are the pretty, plain, mother or whore. Look around where you work and where you live. Do you see weak women? Are your sisters, mothers, girlfriends, wives, women friends - all just weak little sexual things who just want to get married and can't do anything without a man? We fight, we are heroes, we travel the world, we create - we are real. We want our stories. We want them, not for selfish Hollywood reason to make $$$$, but to show girls and women out there that life doesn't belong to men. Men are part of it and are amazing, no one is disputing that, what we are fighting for is our stories to be told. How can 52% of the population be treated like 3% of the population? The reason why black actors and filmmakers couldn't get on the industry was because of racism. Everyone agrees with that. Now men don't see that with women that the only reason we don't have more than two female directors at Cannes is down to sexism and not, as is often stated by idiot men, that we just aren't good enough - we don't have the balls to be a director. There was a time when women were not allowed to run a marathon. 2014 - and nothing has changed.

The point I am making guys - is that you own the world, you are in power. You have told us that we can't do A,B,C. You are in power and you are preventing us from joining you. You call the shots. You stopped us from voting. You stopped us from working. You have the power. You are preventing women from directing movies. Just as you stopped African Americans and LGBT. Women are not a minority but you like to keep us down. Give us our stories. Let us direct. Fund our projects. There's room for us all. :)

Ginger Liu

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