So recently Evan Rachel Wood was tweeted a picture of a cover for Vanity Fair that she had done back in 2003, when she was 15 years old. I'm guessing the tweeter was a fan, and had wanted to do something 'nice' to/for Evan, but Evan's response probably ended up making the fan feel sad. Hint: Evan's response wasn't "OMG, I remember how much FUN I had on this shoot!".
This is her response (okay, I am completely computer illiterate and have no clue how to screencap shizz) from her twitter:
I was almost in tears after this shoot. They tried that dress on me, I wasnt comfortable but they told me there was no time-- @katiexwright
Okay, I'll admit that my immediate reaction was to eyeroll at the story, especially since I had read it on a few different sites, and from the titles (mentioning Lindsey Lohan), I had expected to read a story about Lindsey Lohan mean girling Evan.
But then I actually thought about what she said.
How is this any different from what thousands of 15, 20, 30, 40, 50 year old women go through every single day?
Let's focus on the teenage girl aspect. Young girls are judged every single day. They're supposed to be pretty. They're supposed to dress nicely for school. They're supposed to get up an hour early and do their hair, before school. And then they go to school, where they are are all lined up, stared at and approved. By their peers. By everyone that knows them. By the media.
And it never goes away. When a woman gets older, she is expected to be all, end all. She's supposed to be fit and in shape. She has to always look her best. Have a good job, so that she can pay her own bills and not rely on anyone else to do it. And then, at home, she's supposed to do the majority of the cooking and cleaning. She is supposed to be everything to everyone. And it starts with looks. Because no matter how intelligent or successful a woman is at her job, it always, always comes back to looks. And that is not something that affects men.
So Evan was right to share her story (though I feel bad for the fan). So often in Hollywood, in real life, women are being pressured into being something that they are not, or don't want to focus all their being on. Women are put into boxes--especially in Hollywood. While men can simply just be.