Natalie Portman. A talented Hollywood actress with an Oscar to her credit. She had made her debut in ‘Leon: The Professional’ in 2010 when she was only 12 YO and came up with ‘Black Swan’ in 2011 that brought her the prestigious Academy Award too. Her latest is ‘Jackie’ released in 2017.

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The Academy-award winning actress, who was present at Women’s March in Los Angeles with fellow actresses Eva Longoria and Constance Wu, speaks of the dark ‘SEXUAL TERRORISM’ that had accompanied the fame she received as a child actress.

I turned 12 on the set of my first film ‘Leon: The Professional’, on which I play a young girl who befriends a hitman and hopes to avenge the murder of her family. The character was spontaneously developing and discovering her womanhood, her voice, and her desire. At that moment of my life, I too was discovering.”

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She adds how as an artist she had expected reviews to talk about her mesmerizing acting skills but was left dumbstruck when instead they were busy objectifying her growing breasts.

“I understood very quickly, even as a 13-year-old, that if I were to express myself sexually, I would feel unsafe. And that men would feel entitled to discuss and objectify my body to my great discomfort.”

This is indeed a story that every woman, no matter in which corner of the world she lives in can easily relate. She doesn’t get to live a life she longs for, but a life the ‘society’ would allow her. She modifies herself to win a peaceful and respectful that, otherwise is her basic right.

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I felt the need to cover my body and to inhibit my expression and my work in order to send my own message to the world: that I’m someone worthy of safety and respect. The response to my expression, from small comments about my body to more threatening deliberate statements, served to control my behavior through an environment of sexual terrorism,” explains Portman.

Nevertheless, she received the first mail from her fan that described how the sender dreams of raping her. Can you imagine how traumatized a 12 YO would have felt after this?

Cine-critics could see her budding breasts under her dress. The audience was tempted by her body which was welcoming puberty. And what about her acting? Her skills, her talent, and her hard work? They weren’t worth a talk since she was a lady and hence an object. Isn’t it? At least that’s how the actress still feels of herself.

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Natalie sadly says how she changed the way she presented herself in public, rejecting roles which could sexualize her and building a reputation as “prudish, conservative, nerdy, serious”.

Everywhere in the world, we find such monsters who don’t bother to see age and fantasize sexually of a woman body. And it’s a sickness. We can imagine what all a common woman goes through at her workplace if an established actress has fallen prey to what she rightly calls ‘SEXUAL TERRORISM‘.

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