In order to combat the trend, Kunis founded a production company with “three amazing women.” Recently, she says her team partnered with a male producer on a project that was, ironically, aimed at shining light on “inclusivity and our shared human experience.”
Despite the nature of the project, Kunis intercepted the following alleged email from the producer: “And Mila is a mega star. One of biggest actors in Hollywood and soon to be Ashton’s wife and baby mumma!!!”
The actress writes that aside from the email’s “factual inaccuracies,” the producer “reduced my value to nothing more than my relationship to a successful man and my ability to bear children. It ignored my (and my team’s) significant creative and logistical contributions.” Her team ultimately withdrew from the project.
“It’s these very comments that women deal with day in and day out in offices, on calls, and in emails — microaggressions that devalue the contributions and worth of hard-working women,” she explains.
Moving forward, Kunis promises, “I’m done compromising; even more so, I’m done with being compromised. So from this point forward, when I am confronted with one of these comments, subtle or overt, I will address them head on; I will stop in the moment and do my best to educate. I cannot guarantee that my objections will be taken to heart, but at least now I am part of creating an environment where there is the opportunity for growth. And if my comments fall on deaf ears, I will choose to walk away.”
Kunis also notes that “if this is happening to me, it is happening more aggressively to women everywhere.”
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