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Published: Tue, January 23, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Natalie Portman: experiences of "sexual terrorism" at age 13 changed me


Speaking at the Women's March in downtown LA on Saturday, Portman addressed that very topic, describing her experience of "sexual terrorism" after the release of her first film Léon: The Professional.

Portman said: 'Movie reviewers talked about my budding breasts in reviews'. "I saw immediately, even as a 13-year-old, that if I somehow happened to communicate sexually I would feel hazardous and that men would feel qualified for talk about and externalize my body to my incredible inconvenience".

Johansson, who was representing the Time's Up campaign, said that in recent months, she had begun examining why sexual harassment so frequently happens to women.

"At 13 years old, the message from our culture was clear to me", she concluded. At that moment of my life, I too was discovering.

The second Women's March marks a year since US President Donald Trump's inauguration sparked protests around the globe. "A countdown was started on my local radio show to my 18th birthday, euphemistically the day I would be legal to sleep with".

This year's Women's March was spurred by the political climate as well as the innumerable recently surfaced accounts of men abusing women, and the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements that have resulted.

We'll hear more voices from the Women's March in Park City, Utah, after headlines.

"Every single day, your job as an American citizen is not just to fight for your rights, but it is to fight for the right of every individual that is taking a breath, whose heart is pumping and breathing on this earth". I hope I'm defined by my input to the world, my ability to love and to have empathy. "We fall asleep when we're moving ahead and we don't look to the left and right and see that we're not including people ..." To raise my son to be a a good man alongside the good man who loves me for everything I am and am not. We just can't agree on what that is.

Marches in other global cities including in Madrid, Paris and Buenos Aires followed Saturday's events across the U.S., while protestors in London braved the sleet and snow to attend.

In Palm Beach, Florida a group of young women wore red cloaks and white hats like the characters of The Handmaid's Tale and marched in formation with their heads bowed down.

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