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“I feel like it’s become open hunting season in how women are attacked, and it’s not because of who we are as people, it’s because of how we look or our age,” Bullock told E!.
“I’m shocked — and maybe I was just naive, but I’m embarrassed by it.”
The actress brought up her son, Louis, and how this harmful portrayal of women could affect him. “My son is getting ready to grow up in this world, and I’m trying to raise a good man who values and appreciates women, and here we have this attack on women in the media that I don’t see a stop happening.”
“Little girls are having the hardest time with bullying and the Internet — somebody with a very large hand and big voice needs to put a stop to it.”
Bullock joins women like Emma Watson, Meryl Streep, Patricia Arquette and Ashley Judd who all have brought up the modern-day sexism women face, particularly in Hollywood. But Bullock said that until things improve, the one thing women can rely on is finding support from each other.
“You’d be surprised at the love that you have in our crazy industry,” said Bullock. “The women have bonded together and have sort of become this tribe of trying to take care of each other and be there for each other, in a way, because the minute you step out, it’s an onslaught.”
She said the reason she accepted People‘s offer to be their “Most Beautiful” issue’s cover girl was so that she could talk about the women she finds beautiful, “which are these women who rise above and take care of business and do wonderful things.”
The Minions star ended the conversation with a call to action.
“We need to stop,” she said. “We are harming girls and women in a way, at a speed, that it’s scaring me. It’s really scaring me, so I would love for someone to help put a stop to this.”
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