It seems like red carpet Q&As have been teetering on misogynistic this awards season. I makes me wonder why men are often asked questions about their careers, while women are asked about their gowns, their love lives, and their children. There are generally two ways these questions are met by the female celebrities who have to answer them: A total shut down, a la Taylor Swift, when asked if she'd be going home from the Grammys with any men, and then there are women who are undoubtedly exhausted by these types of questions but nod and smile along just to get it over with.
But I think by now, these celebrities should be done with nodding and smiling and demand the same kind of respect on the red carpet that men are often handed, and Sunday, Reese Witherspoon took to Instagram to promote #AskHerMore ahead of Oscar night and all of the facepalm-worthy interviews that are inevitably ahead of us.
I couldn't agree with this movement more. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't looking forward to seeing what everyone's wearing at all the big awards shows (even the men), but I'm also interested to hear these successful, smart women talk about their careers. These two topics aren't mutually exclusive. It's 2015, and it's time for a change.
By not asking women these questions and focusing only on the superficial, we all miss out. Frankly, there are a lot of questions that have answers far more fascinating than how long it took Angelina Jolie to get ready, and here are some of them. Oscars red carpet reporters, I hope you're listening.
Who do you think will win?
What was your favorite part of filming the movie?
What has been your biggest career challenge so far?
What's your goal for this year?
Have you ever considered branching out into directing or screenwriting?
Who is your favorite director to work with and why?
What made you take this role?
What's the stupidest question you've ever been asked on the red carpet?
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