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Helen Mirren Gives The Perfect Response To A Sexist Remark In This 1975 Interview

by Ann-Sophie Kaemmerle
Native New Yorker, University of Virginia graduate, runner, and sometimes stand-up performer.

Today, it’s refreshing to see more and more women defend their right to their bodies. On a daily basis, women suffer many forms of sexism: they receive rude and lewd comments on the way they look, the clothes they wear, and how much skin they show.

They are told to smile by complete strangers. And in the most devastating cases, suffer violence and abuse because of their sex.

Sexism wasn’t a term or notion that was paid much attention to until recently, but many public female figures, whether they knew it or not, were advocates for free expression of female sexuality and before our time, knowing that this sexuality was not all they had to offer as human beings.

Actress Helen Mirren, as a young actress in 1975, was one of these brave women.

She was an up-and-coming actress with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and many critics only saw her for what her physical appearance had to offer.

They often found it distracting.

But the young 30-year-old Mirren refused to accept that her body was all she could offer an audience. In an interview with British talk show host Michael Parkinson, she effortlessly shut down not just his sexist remarks and questions about her appearance, but also those of her critics.

He even says, “You are in quotes a serious actress.”

To this, she effortlessly responds, “In quotes? What do you mean in quotes? How dare you?”

Today, Mirren isn’t just an inspiration to an older generation, but to a younger generation of women, too!

Please SHARE if you think the actress handled this situation and these questions like an absolute pro!

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