“It’s hard to find female leads that are flawed and interesting and dynamic”

So Rashida Jones wrote one for herself. Jones co-wrote and stars in Celeste and Jesse Forever, which comes out in New York and LA tomorrow, and she gave a really interesting interview to Women and Hollywood, in which she reflected on how feminism has changed women’s lives in America, and how Hollywood is reflecting that change back to us in the media we consume. Jones said that she wanted to play a role that wasn’t “just someone’s girlfriend or wife. I wanted to go on that journey.”

When Melissa at WiH asked why it’s been so hard for women to go on that journey, Jones gave the kind of answer that makes a feminist blogger want to yell, “preeeeach!”

Not be reductive but isn’t everything harder for women?  Isn’t it just harder to be alive and be a woman?  We carry this tacit burden of being more empathetic — again reductive — of keeping the peace, getting paid less, getting less acknowledgment.  And being nurturing as well as being powerful. It’s a high responsibility and I do think that I am very grateful for the feminist movement and it’s really put us ahead and has empowered us in a way that is daunting for men.  They don’t know how to fit in, they don’t know how to deal with it and I think that to publicly still be the “big guys” makes them feel better.  That is the one thing they still have control over.  They can still feel like they are balancing it by being in charge.

You should read the whole thing – it’s great.

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Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia. She joined the Feministing team in 2009. Her writing about politics and popular culture has been published in The Atlantic, The Guardian, New York magazine, Reuters, The LA Times and many other outlets in the US, Australia, UK, and France. She makes regular appearances on radio and television in the US and Australia. She has an AB in Sociology from Princeton University and a PhD in Arts and Media from the University of New South Wales. Her academic work focuses on Hollywood romantic comedies; her doctoral thesis was about how the genre depicts gender, sex, and power, and grew out of a series she wrote for Feministing, the Feministing Rom Com Review. Chloe is a Senior Facilitator at The OpEd Project and a Senior Advisor to The Harry Potter Alliance. You can read more of her writing at chloesangyal.com

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