Yesterday @twerkqueenlouise and I attended a reading of #metoo testimonies, collected amongst Danish actresses. The project #stopstilheden (stop the silence) started in hopes to find maybe a few hundred women to share their stories, but ended up with having ten times that amount. In fact, so many, that only a fraction of them was read aloud during those two hours.
Everything from sexist remarks and inappropriate touching on set, to women on purpose being told that they are to act in a sex scene only 10 minutes prior, so to leave them no choice or time to think. From drama teachers insisting on seeing their female pupils naked for “educational purposes” to shooting of a rape scene actually turn into rape scene. From countless stories of directors using an interview for a role as an opportunity to turn it into a date to a story of a director turning that interview into a rape and actually being proud of being her first time afterwards. I gathered my strength under the whole reading, thinking of the words of Danish politician Ritt Bjerregaard about crying in public: Crying is a sign of one have given up, one should rather become mad, because when you are mad – you intend to fight. And I, sure as fuck, intended to fight. Only in the end, I imagined that any of those things can happen to my daughters very soon and the tears welled up in my eyes. Because those were not stories about exceptions, those were stories about everyday sexism, a sickness in the heart of our theater & film industry as well as our society. I encourage you to learn more about this campaign in Denmark, if you are Danish or a similar campaign in your country. Sexist behavior must be called out. The abuse of women, the sexual assault of women, the rape of women begins in every day examples of sexism.