At WSJ Magazine’s 2017 Innovator Awards last week Reese Witherspoon received the Entertainment Innovator of the Year Award. Witherspoon delivered a powerful speech about sexual harassment and assault in Hollywood and the importance of having women speak out and share their voices.
“It’s been a real time of reckoning for [Hollywood], and there is a definitely a growing realization that we need to take the time to really examine the biases that exist in our industry and make much-needed changes,” Witherspoon said.
She continues to add that providing quality content to women is vital :
“I don’t really believe that we’ve been seeing the full spectrum of the female experience, and that is simply because women’s stories are not prioritized. I also just think we need to think about women differently because women are the largest captured consumer audience in the world.”
“And I’m not talking about mommy blogs and 14 ways to cook a turkey.”
“Women want real substance and premium thought-provoking, well-made content, and they want it now,” she said. “Women want to be entertained where they are, running errands, going to the doctor, on their mobile phones, their laptops. We need to stop expecting them to come to us, and we need to go to them because they want to see themselves onscreen, and that’s the most important thing. …”
She lost a fair bit of audience when she mentioned mommy blogs. Two letters were written to Witherspoon.
One was by Meredith Gordon, creator of Bad Sandy, wrote an “Open Letter To Reese Witherspoon”, : “By assuming all the work of mommy bloggers is not a good representation of women, you also minimize the depth and quality of content available online. No, not every blog post is a gem. You can relate, I’m sure. You did star in “Hot Pursuit,” after all. But there are fabulous writers making their living by writing online. “
Jill Robbins, who created Ripped Jeans and Bifocals wrote her post and called it “virtual side eye” : “Would you want someone to call you a “mommy actress?” I’m guessing not. Because come on. It’s demeaning. It’s belittling. It’s all the things I wouldn’t expect you to be on the delivering end of. Would any badass woman who is juggling parental responsibilities with work responsibilities want “mommy” tacked onto their job title? Really?”
What do you make of Witherspoon’s generalization of mommy bloggers?
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