Portman continued, "I like to look at what people are wearing, but I do see the sexism in it. Yeah, you could reject it all, but I don't know anyone who has done that and been able to maintain the level of work I'd like to maintain."
I don't think actresses are looking to "reject" the topics of fashion and motherhood on the red carpet, or in general. They're just fighting for gender equality and the dissolution of double standards. However, if an actress did "reject" fashion altogether to focus on their work and other important issues, I believe she could still maintain her career at a high level. I mean, look at Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez, who's broken the mold on more than occasion through her fight for the Latino community, talking body positivity, and redefining what an actress can bring to the table outside of her work.
Seeing as Portman is a mother (she has a son, Aleph, with husband Benjamin Millepied), I understand why she'd might want to talk about her family and the important role being a mom plays in her life, because motherhood, at least in my opinion, is an extremely tough job. I'm not a mom myself, but I've seen how hard my own mother has worked at being a mom. With that said, Portman also believes the tables need to be turned when it comes to parenthood. She feels men should be asked more about fatherhood, because parenting isn't purely a women-only topic. I wholeheartedly agree.
As she said, "Most men I know are dealing with the same issues. Maybe those questions need to be asked of men too. Maybe the men need better questions." If we're really trying to improve gender equality, then, yeah, maybe we should #AskHimMore, too, and flip the tables for a more all-encompassing conversation.
Seeing as Portman is an educated and profound woman, I guess it shouldn't come as a huge shock that she's analyzing gender equality and looking at it from all sides and being honest about what she believes in. I agree with Portman on some of the points she's making, but as a woman it would've been nice to hear the actress say "hell yeah" to #AskHerMore.