In under two minutes, Amber Tamblyn has captured the absurdity of Hollywood's sexism. The actress, known for roles in "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" and "Two and a Half Men" is also an accomplished writer and poet.
In a Button Poetry video from an Art Share LA poetry event published in November, Tamblyn performed a poem titled "Untitled Actress," which using her experiences as a an actress to describe the completely unrealistic standards that most women in Hollywood face: "Submission calls for an actress mid to late 20s... Must read teen on screen. Thin, but not gaunt. Quirky, but not unattractive. No brown eyes. Not taller than 5 feet 5 inches. Weight no more than 109."
The poem goes on to call out the weak, overly sexualized characters that actresses are expected to portray, characters who "suffer from self-doubt" and are "searching for love in all the wrong men," until they finally find happiness -- with the right guy.
It's no secret that despite the few complex, empowering roles for women in Hollywood, there are still far too many roles that call for actresses to be young, sexy, and merely there to support male leads. Kudos, to Tamblyn, for calling this double standard out.
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