Brie Larson: Women 'Live Life On The Defense'
Actress Brie Larson got into a Twitter war of words on Thursday after she shared an uncomfortable experience with an airport security officer.
“I merely smiled at a TSA agent and he asked for my phone number,” she tweeted. “To live life as a woman is to live life on the defense.”
Larson immediately came under fire. “He thought you were pretty and asked for your number," tweeted someone named Andy York. "It’s not an assault. Just politely say no and move on."
Larson countered: “What you are saying is ‘I was asking for it’ - a phrase that has disregarded a females experience for…the whole time.”
Another man, Pablo Vargas tweeted: “Asking for a number is harassment? Imagine living as a man trying not to upset feminists…”
The actress shot back: “Yes. When I’m a person going through security, and the other is an employee of said security. It’s inappropriate.”
When a man replied “the fact he gave it a shot should be applauded,” Larson tweeted: “You do realize you’re blaming me for a situation I did not ask to be in? A situation that made me uncomfortable?
“I hope you take the time to learn more about the experiences of women. It’s real + scary sometimes and people like you can make it better.”
The star of the Toronto-shot film Room then posted several more tweets on the subject.
“My recent tweets were an invitation to hear my experience as a woman. Are you up to learning something that may challenge your current view?
“First step: listen. I don’t need you [to] explain why my experience is invalid. I need you to listen because I am not a liar and I have a soul.
“Second: ask questions. If you don’t understand, believe in us enough to learn more. This can be challenging if our perspectives differ.
“Third: speak from a place of love. Remember that we are all (hopefully) just trying to make the world a safer place for all.
“Fourth: social media can broaden your world view. It can bring us together to learn. Don’t miss this opportunity to grow in unexpected ways.”