Being a regular human being that enjoys talking about herself when provoked, I always thought the most glamorous part of a celebrity’s job was getting to talk hours on end about their daily lives, their current projects, their history, just everything. But until recently, I had not noticed how gender biased the questions can be.
From women constantly being asked how they manage to balance work and family (because really, something must be falling through the cracks) to how they managed to drop so much weight for their Catwoman role/ getting back to “normal” post baby shape. Women are frequently asked very static questions about their appearance. Or very judgmental questions about their home lives.
That rarely happens to men.
Sure, male celebrities get their fair share of stupid and superficial questions, but they also get their fair share of tough and thought-provoking questions.
Which is why the #AskHerMore campaign made me so excited. Women are more than just their dresses and diet routines. We all know that.
Sure, people love gobbling up fashion and diet tips and there is nothing wrong with enjoying that facet of celebrity life. But the moment we relegate women to having these few and vain topics to talk about is the moment girls and women think that is all they should care about.
Which we all know is not true.
So hopefully the handful of journalists that actually care to write thought-provoking pieces (and hopefully those haven’t been fired yet) will take this campaign seriously and start leading the conversations to more interesting waters that don’t exclusively deal with liposuction and Louboutins.