Uh oh. While Jennifer Lawrence is working hard to bring the pay gap between men and women to the world’s attention, Kate Winslet is squirming. Kate says that talking about wages is ‘vulgar’ and that she doesn’t see a problem wiht how things are. We have the details.
Jennifer Lawrence, 25, has been making international headlines for her essay on the gender wage gap, and Kate Winslet, 40, is none too pleased about it. The strong female lead of Steve Jobs finds the conversation to be “vulgar” and claims that she’s never faced sexism or inequality. Read what else she said here.
This story might make you cringe. Kate sat down with BBC Newsbeat to share her thoughts on JLaw’s brave essay about the gender pay gap, and it’s pretty disappointing. “I’m having such a problem with these conversations because they keep coming up, and I understand why they’re coming up, but maybe it’s a British thing – I don’t like talking about money. It’s a bit vulgar, isn’t it?” said Kate. “I don’t think that’s a nice conversation to have publicly at all.”
It certainly isn’t a pleasant conversation to have. Jennifer probably didn’t feel particularly comfortable confronting the issue on an international scale, either, but neither is realizing you’re being paid less than your male counterparts. Perhaps not talking about it, and thus not realizing she’s perhaps paid less than the men she works with too, is why when asked if she’s dealt with gender inequality, Kate said “Honestly, no. If I’d ever been in that situation I’d either have dealt with it or removed myself from it. I really don’t think I’ve ever come across that. No, I find all this quite uncomfortable.”
Oh, Kate. You’re entitled to your opinion, and we understand you not wanting to share your wages or even be involved in the conversation if you’re uncomfortable – that’s completely fair. However, trying to undo the work that Jennifer is putting in to try to help all of not just Hollywood, but the entire female workforce, isn’t cool. Kate said she hasn’t “ever felt as though I’ve really had to stick up for myself just because I’m a woman.” That’s fantastic, but JLaw is working to make sure that every woman can have the same, blessed experience that you have in the workforce, and we admire her for it.
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— Emy LaCroix