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Jennifer Garner Talks Hollywood Sexism

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When Jennifer Garner was recently honored by Elle magazine at its 21st Annual Women in Hollywood awards, she used her platform to give an impassioned speech on gender inequality in the entertainment industry.

According to E! News, upon taking the stage, the 42-year-old "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" actress declared, “The fact that there even needs to be a 'Women in Hollywood' event is a little bit sad. I mean, the 'Men in Hollywood' event is every day—it’s called Hollywood. Fifty-one percent of the population should not have to schedule a special event to celebrate the fact that in an art that tells the story of what it means to be human and alive, we get to play a part.”

After a rousing round of applause, Garner continued to share a personal story demonstrating how differently she and husband Ben Affleck are treated despite both being in the same occupation and raising the same family.

"So for example, my husband and I do kind of the same job, a little bit. Not long ago we both had one of those magical days, we call it a junket, where we both attended these lovely events where people come in every four minutes, they ask the same questions over and over again, you know the drill. We got home at night and we compared notes. And I told him every single person who interviewed me, I mean every single one—and this is true of the red carpet here tonight, Elle—asked me, ‘How do you balance work and family?' and he said the only thing that people asked him repeatedly was about the tits on the ‘Blurred Lines' girl, which, for the record if we're talking about them, they are real and they are fabulous. Take a look and enjoy."

Cue huge audience laughter here.

Garner continues, "As for work-life balance, he said no one asked him about it that day. As a matter of fact, no one had ever asked him about it. And we do share the same family. Isn't it time to kinda change that conversation?"

We couldn't agree more.

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