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Actress Jennifer Lawrence has picked up her pen for Lenny Letter, the feminist newsletter recently launched by Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner. In a previous installment, the online bulletin featured a meaty interview with Hillary Clinton, where she talked '90s fashion and Donna Karan's advice on shoulders. This time around, Jennifer Lawrence explains the leaked Sony e-mails and the gender pay gap in her own words — meaning there's a few curses and it's simultaneously entertaining and inspirational.
In the essay titled, "Why Do I Make Less Than My Male Co-Stars?," the actress admits, "I'm not perfect. But with a lot of talk comes change, so I want to be honest and open and, fingers crossed, not piss anyone off." Lawrence acknowledges that her situation if far from relatable. Luckily, Jennifer has her name attached to two franchises, so money is not exactly an enormous problem for the star. Nevertheless, she continues, "When the Sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky people with dicks, I didn’t get mad at Sony. I got mad at myself. I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early." Looking back, J. Law realized that she wanted to be liked, which influenced her decision to back off, not wanting to come off as "difficult" or "spoiled."
But the Hunger Games actress is done with that kind of tip-toeing. She continued, "I'm over trying to find the 'adorable' way to state my opinion and still be likable! Fuck that." Alas, yet another reason to love J.Law.
Sign up for Lenny Letter to read the entire essay.