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Kit Harington Faces Backlash for Saying Men Face Sexism Too
Posted 6/2/16 , edited 6/2/16

Kit Harington Faces Backlash for Saying Men Face Sexism Too

Don’t just love him for his looks, Kit Harington asks. (Photo: Getty Images)

When you think of sexism in Hollywood, the objectification of men isn’t exactly the first thing that comes to mind. However, according to actor Kit Harington of the hit show Game of Thrones, sexism against male actors in Hollywood is a much bigger issue than the public would expect.

“I like to think of myself as more than a head of hair or a set of looks,” he said to the Sunday Times Magazine. “It’s demeaning. Yes, in some ways you could argue I’ve been employed for a look I have. But there’s a sexism that happens towards men.”

As the heartthrob character of Jon Snow in Game of Thrones, Harington has quite the extensive fan base, but not everyone was happy with his comments. One fan was even prompted to comment on his words, saying, “Two words for you Kitty Kat…Boo Hoo.” Considering that such on-screen careers as acting and modeling rely heavily on appearance in order to fit a specific role, Kit’s words can seem slightly ungrateful for his success.

Most importantly, the real issue here is that Harrington seems to be missing the point of what actual sexism in Hollywood is. Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence spoke out in October regarding the ridiculous gender pay gap that’s so frequently swept under the rug in Hollywood. Being paid less than male co-stars is an active form of sexism in the film-industry, while being asked to go shirtless on film is more an act of objectification.

Further driving this point home, Kit goes on to explain what he believes sexism toward women in the film industry is like, saying: “There’s definitely a sexism in our industry that happens towards women, and there is towards men as well. At some points during photoshoots when I’m asked to strip down, I felt that.“

No matter how you feel about Harrington’s words, he does make a good point — just not about sexism in Hollywood. Objectification, though, especially in the workplace, is never a good feeling and shouldn’t be tolerated, no matter what gender you are.



Oh the irony. https://www.yahoo.com/beauty/kit-harington-faces-backlash-for-saying-men-face-162925294.html
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I mean, he isn't exactly speaking lies, there is truth to his words.
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I don't think he understands what the term sexism is...... He's somehow saying, he's feeling objectified because people think he's sexy? In particular I hate that photo of him (he looks like the Geico caveman), but in general I just think he looks normal? Not to belittle his feelings, but sexism in Hollywood generally relates to being excluded or being made to feel unequal I think. Like if he didn't get the part because he was a man? Weird thought, or if he got paid less because he was a man, or if solely, because he was a man he was asked to dress in a demeaning manner, not related to the role he agreed to play or for events etc.

I'm not saying sexism couldn't be experienced by a guy, obviously it likely does, but much like whites experiencing racism it's largely ancedotal or by comparison much smaller in scale and frequency.
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Well I would've thought the feminists would have supported his statements because of the "Gender Equality" thing they like to throw around. But instead he's given the "You know nothing Jon Snow" treatment...
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By definition sexism can occur to any sex. Do they actually encounter it? I'm sure that varies widely. Certainly it happens somewhere. I would be absolutely shocked if it didn't. The real question is, how much?
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objectification and sexism are two different things yeah?
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Mugen417 wrote:

Well I would've thought the feminists would have supported his statements because of the "Gender Equality" thing they like to throw around. But instead he's given the "You know nothing Jon Snow" treatment...



Lol
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Objectification is different than sexism. Although there are certain fields that are historically mostly female where men can find themselves at a disadvantage, for instance, male nurses and male teachers. Even though I just saw another case of a female teacher abusing a 13 year old male student today, male teachers are the ones who have to be super careful about their behavior to avoid any possible confusion. I've known male gym teachers who got in trouble for assisting gymnastics team members in their jumps over a horse. I've known male nurses who were fired for actually following the hospital's guidelines when restraining a mentally disabled patient who was attempting self-harm. Apparently a visitor to the hospital saw the incident and thought it was "excessive" although had it been a female nurse restraining the patient chances are they would have thought she needed help.
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Many of you seem to be forgetting that the modern definitions of words such as "sexism" have been stretched beyond any reasonable definition to essentially mean "I don't like it". As such, I think he is using the word perfectly.
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But women are objectified all the time so I'm not sure how that is sexist. Then again, he is acting in a show that has a disturbing number of men getting their dangly bits lopped off. I can see why he would feel persecuted.
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blueshield wrote:
I'm not saying sexism couldn't be experienced by a guy, obviously it likely does, but much like whites experiencing racism it's largely ancedotal or by comparison much smaller in scale and frequency.
yes and no..
sadly with looks or being nice of a guy comes responsibility and mostly over someone else...

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Well there is a difference between sexual or by their sex.
Most sexual atleast on the surface would maybe be more on females.
but judged by their sex and such often happend to both genders...


Also the black vs white stuff... get the F* out... sure maybe more so a difference in America and such.. some due to culture, areas and how things are over there... but not everywhere else....
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Mugen417 wrote:

Well I would've thought the feminists would have supported his statements because of the "Gender Equality" thing they like to throw around. But instead he's given the "You know nothing Jon Snow" treatment...


3rd generation feminists are for Female privilege not equality. They are nothing more than sexists against men.
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Mugen417 wrote:

Well I would've thought the feminists would have supported his statements because of the "Gender Equality" thing they like to throw around. But instead he's given the "You know nothing Jon Snow" treatment...


3rd generation feminists are for Female privilege not equality. They are nothing more than sexists against men.


And they wonder why no one wants anything to do with them or they're lunatic ideas...

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I especially like how people are paralleling this with black vs white racism, and how that, though it is possible for people to be racist against white people, it doesn't matter and is less important than other forms of racism.

Man, people crack me up these days.

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