I love how the men stand around cooking the barbie while the women have done all the work beforehand doing the marinade and making the salads and then everybody says, ‘what a great barbie’ to the guy cooking. A barbecue is just the ultimate blokes’ pastime, isn’t it?
As I look back, it feels to me that my life has been one long audition — an attempt to make a difference and to be accepted.
If it’s a woman, it’s caustic; if it’s a man, it’s authoritative. If it’s a woman it’s too pushy, if it’s a man it’s aggressive in the best sense of the word.
When I was making my hit records, my ex was always ‘the genius’ and you felt like: ‘Well, who am I?’ You felt that small. I’m so glad I’m still on this Earth to see women going out there and saying: ‘You can be fabulous like me, you can do anything.’
Sexism in Hollywood is like systemic racism, it’s in there and it doesn’t go away just because we have Weinstein in jail. So, yes I’m proud of what we did to bring these issues out, but it’s not over.
There is a feeling of increasing pushback to women’s ambitions and roles. We see it obviously with the Supreme Court, but social media has enhanced misogyny and sexism.
Patience is one of those feminine qualities which have their origin in our oppression but should be preserved after our liberation.