I find it hugely funny when journalists get all preachy and moralistic about the lack of gender equality in reporting in the media; which somehow they are not part of as a journalist in the media; I have never quite understood that. But the fact that journalists are hypocrites does not mean that they do not have a point.
Working in the adult entertainment industry, especially with high-class escort agencies in Marbella and the Costa Del Sol like The Escorts Marbella Agency and 2nd Circle Escort Marbella, I am always astonished by writers who bang on about equality, feminism and “a woman’s right to…(fill in the blank)” but then scream, mischaracterise and objectify women who voluntarily choose to make a very good living as professional escorts.
Anyway, an interview in Cosmopolitan UK that can be seen on YouTube, a journalist actually earned my respect and made me belly laugh as well as making a powerful point in a very persuasive manner. It was during the press junket for The Avengers: Age Of Ultron and the interviewees were Mark Ruffalo and Scarlett Johansson.
The journalist just had the very simple idea of asking Mr Ruffalo the type of questions female stars normally get asked, and Ms Johansson the questions that her male co-stars are normally presented with. So he is asked about his diet and what he will be wearing to the premier. She is quizzed about fight choreography, character development and her workouts, Brilliant.
Mr Ruffalo deserves recognition for his reaction throughout. Ms Johansson was obviously delighted and thought the whole thing great fun. So did he right at the start, before the shock set in. At one point he even turns and asks his fellow actor “do they really ask you that?” and is genuinely shocked when the answer is yes. Point made, very nicely played. I wonder how some of the other male actors would have responded?
This did make me think, though, about how journalists treat and describe woman in other oarts of the entertainment industry. Ms Johansson is paid (apparently) 15 million dollars a movie and I am sure that she is worth every penny. But in large part, her career is based on being sexy and attractive. Especially on her being able to be attractive to men without alienating women in the audience. But professional escort women, whose career is equally based on using their physical attributes (and maybe acting talents!) are portrayed in the media in at least as clichéd and stereotypical fashion as actresses.
In the media, all prostitutes have been trafficked. Or have been and lie about it. They are all drug users, and to a woman they are abused by the men who exploit them. In reality, none of that is true. Well over 95% of escorts made a conscious, rational business decision to enter the profession. They are no more likely to be drug users than the rest of the population. And the majority of escort agencies are owned and run by women.
So maybe it would be fun to see a female journalist interviewed by an escort in the same way as Mark Ruffalo was – she could be asked how badly she was abused as a child, how awful it is that her editor exploits her by making her work such long hours, and how sick she must be that she isn’t good enough to actually get a book published like a real writer would. Now that I would pay to watch and read.