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J. Law Wants Equal Wages For Women And Doesn't Care If It Scares Men

"I got mad at myself."

In case you haven't heard, Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner have recently started an email newsletter.


It's called and their credo, according to Facebook, is that they are "The email newsletter where there's no such thing as too much information."

That statement certainly rings true with their latest "Lenny Letter" from actress Jennifer Lawrence.

Lawrence, who states she has, "remained ever-so-slightly quiet," about feminism, decided to finally speak out about the pay gap between genders in Hollywood.

First, she does make it clear that her situation and "problems aren't exactly relatable" due to her unique profession.

Still, the issues she talks about are faced by women in all professions and income brackets.

It all started when hackers released emails and information from SONY. However, she didn't get mad at the entertainment company.

"I got mad at myself," she explains.

That's because, as she goes on, there was an "element of wanting be liked" that made her settle for the paycheck she was offered. 

Besides, she was making some serious money in two franchises, right? Why ask for more?

She didn't want to come off as "spoiled" or "difficult," even though her peers ("the lucky ones with dicks") all seemed to negotiate for more money and were praised for it. 

That's when it hit her. 

"Could there still be a lingering habit of trying to express our opinions in a certain way that doesn’t 'offend' or 'scare' men?"

Which is precisely what happened when she tried to express her thoughts to a male colleague. 

She explains that he became defensive and thought she was yelling at him, which wasn't the case. She was simply stating her opinion and trying to have a conversation.

So if she can't win by being honest and can't keep quite, there is only one thing left for her to do.

"I’m over trying to find the 'adorable' way to state my opinion and still be likable! F*** that."

Basically, if you need to say something, you should say it and do it straightforwardly. You should be able to state what you are thinking and not be judged for it because of your gender.

She points to male stars who are praised for their business tactics. 

"Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale, and Bradley Cooper all fought and succeeded in negotiating powerful deals for themselves. If anything, I'm sure they were commended for being fierce and tactical, while I was busy worrying about coming across as a brat and not getting my fair share."

While some may feel she is exaggerating, she points to one very clear example that sums up her point.

"This might have NOTHING to do with my vagina, but I wasn't completely wrong when another leaked Sony email revealed a producer referring to a fellow lead actress in a negotiation as a 'spoiled brat.'"

Well said J. Law. Read her full letter below.


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