Dustin Hoffman on playing a woman in Tootsie (1982)
“If I was going to be a woman, I would want to be as beautiful as possible. And they said to me, ‘Uh, that’s as beautiful as we can get you.’ And I went home and started crying to my wife, and I said, ‘I have to make this picture.’ And she said, ‘Why?’ And I said, ‘Because I think I’m an interesting woman when I look at myself on screen, and I know that if I met myself at a party, I would never talk to that character because she doesn’t fulfill, physically, the demands that we’re brought up to think that women have to have in order for us to ask them out.’ She says, ‘What are you saying?’ and I said, ‘There’s too many interesting women I have not had the experience to know in this life because I have been brainwashed.’ It was not what it felt like to be a woman. It was what it felt like to be someone that people didn’t respect, for the wrong reasons. I know it’s a comedy. But comedy’s a serious business.”
This is a man in tears when he came up against the experience of being a woman in a misogynist society, and realizing what it means for them, and for him, too.
LOSING MY SHIT
;LKNSNDG I THIN K I JUST HIT MY HEAD AgAINST THE DESK FROM CRYINGOG:MNDSK
IM GONNA VOMIT
SWEET JESUS CIRHST
Always reblog the banoodle
I need feminism because I’m tired of being called a “crazy feminist” when I share my opinions on sexism.
It doesn’t need a name or the stigma that goes along with it. It is simply defending women from injustice and standing up for them. It means not tolerating inexcusable acts or talk, and helping women to get what we all want: true equality. It doesn’t cost anyone ANYTHING to give that to us.
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