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Not Safe For Work: Author of the viral essay 'My boyfriend, a writer, broke up with me because I am a writer'

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Will I try to convince myself that if they are interested in supporting a critique of Hollywood, the ends will justify the means? Do I actually care enough about these systemic issues or am I also, in a way, exploiting them as literary material for my own professional gain?

I thought the project had a lot of promise and wanted to see if there was anything I could do to push it forward. It’s an ugly truth, and one that’s difficult to discuss in the nuanced way it deserves, but women are often better foot soldiers of the patriarchy than men. Opening sentence: The thing about Los Angeles is that it’s awful and I hate it, but when I’m there, nowhere else exists, and I can’t imagine leaving. Although I don’t think she would have described herself in this way, I thought that she was extremely strong willed and she had a firm understanding of her own boundaries. Everyone likes to speak loudly and frequently about how committed they are to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and on screen.Though I’m passed that in my life now, this book brought back all the feelings of realising that the world is hard, you have no idea what you’re doing and you question everything you thought you knew about the people in your life.

How can I separate my desire to raise awareness and increase discussion about complicity in Hollywood from my desire to be one of the voices in the conversation? Rumours start to circulate around the office that there are sexual predators working amongst them and the realisation sets in that there is a lot to lose by speaking out and plenty to gain by staying quiet.When someone senior tells you how pretty you look, you smile and thank him - and make a mental note never to wear that dress alone with him again. I also knew he had passed on projects I advocated for because of their “narrow” focus on mostly women. behind the glitter and the justice, everyone is tarnished and compromised - including even our narrator. I get the impression it was supposed to be more hard hitting than it was, and it didn’t really say more than we already know. I was surprised when it ended – this is quite a slim novel and it felt like she was just getting started, when it ended.

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