Diablo Cody knows a thing or two about the film industry.
She also knows what it's like to be pregnant while working in that industry.
Just like many other areas of work, she had to deal with discrimination just because she was pregnant.
"I was about six months pregnant while we were shooting [Lamb of God, in which she directed]. Believe me, when I’m pregnant, I hear my fair share of Juno jokes. People were surprised that I was going to direct this movie while I was pregnant, and I guess I felt it was important to not delay production and to actually go do it, because I wanted to show people that pregnancy is not a disability, and a pregnant lady can be in a position of power and crazy shit won’t happen. And we made it.
There is some major league discrimination that freaks out Hollywood decision makers regarding hiring women with kids, women who are pregnant or women who could potentially become pregnant as directors. I’ve had directors tell me they have lied and not revealed they were pregnant to get a job. It’s just bullshit and is one place where the double standard between male and female roles in our culture is amplified."
She goes on the explain how a man expecting a child at home doesn't have his job affected.
But a woman expecting a child is an entirely different situation according to society.
"Nobody would ever care if a male CEO was expecting a child–or frankly if a male director was expecting a child. I’ve worked with a lot of directors who had babies on the way or had them at home, and nobody ever said, 'What are you doing here on set?' Because I’m a powerful woman with a career, and my baby sleeps in bed with me every night, and I breastfeed, and I do all those wonderful motherly nurturing things–and I have a really badass high-profile job. You can do both things."
She's an empowered woman and a Hollywood big shot!
We think if we were gonna listen to anyone talking about pregnancy in the workplace, it'd be her!
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