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Women Standing Up to Sexist Interview Questions  

Lisa Waugh
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What are you wearing? Is that egg on your face? Despite the fact that it’s the 21st century, women in the public eye still get asked some of the most uninformed, sexist questions during interviews. Some women respond gracefully, some join up with the #AskHerMore campaign, some wake the neighbors with the sound of a gigantic eye roll, some pull off their rings and kick off their shoes fixin’ to get real. But all of them have to deal with sexism in Hollywood.

More and more women celebrities and public figures have been calling out the media about sexist, lopsided, softball, and just plain lazy questions. Robert Downey Jr. probably doesn't get asked about his skin care regime fives times during a full day of press, but many women are asked these dumb and dull questions interview after interview. 

Tips! We've got tips for interviewers. Maybe watch the movies, come up with better questions, hire a writer to help you craft better questions, shake up an '80s magic eight ball, ask the nearest child, consult a fortune cookie — there’s a way to be better. So be better. 

When it comes to reacting to those sexist questions on the red carpet, who withstood these inane questions the best? Which of these famous actresses decided they'd had enough and wouldn't answer one more question about their dress, beauty routine, or the balance of work and family life? From the Mani Cam to who Taylor Swift is going home with (hint: it's her cats), these famous women stood up to reporters and their ridiculous, sexism-fueled questions, taking back the runway and their interview time. So upvote the best actress responses to sexist questions below, and leave some good interview question ideas for reporters in the comments section.

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In this case, it was Cate Blanchett asking the tough questions, when, at the 2015 Oscars, the director insisted on having the camera pan up and down her body to get a shot of her dress.

In response, she asked, “Do you do that to the guys?”

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Q: Aren’t you a little too beautiful to be a science officer?
A: Oh, um, that’s very kind of you. I’m very flattered. But I didn’t know that those things were mutually exclusive.

The old sexist slam disguised as a compliment routine. Mikko Silvennoinen interviews the cast of Star Trek: Into Darkness and finds the dark part of the bar with what seems like a silly pick-up line when he asks this question. (Jump to 8:58)

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Q: What do you think you’ll worry about in your every day life on the station, such as your hair? How will you do your hair?
A: I have a question for you: Why don’t you ask about Alexander’s hair?

Russian Cosmonaut Elena Serova was the first female Russian cosmonaut to be on the International Space Station — the first one ever. So during a press conference with all of the ISS team, why wouldn't they ask her about her hair? One small step for women, one giant leap for shade. 

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Q: What are you looking for in a man… to wear this fragrance?
A: I’m not looking for a man. Let’s start there.

At the Atlanta launch party for her men’s fragrance line, Rogue Man, a reporter put an unfortunate pause in their question, causing Rihanna to roll back on her heels, lean in, and deliver her verbal punch.

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