In Women's March Speech, Natalie Portman Details 'Environment of Sexual Terrorism'

The honor winning performer shared her awful experience on Saturday while tending to a jam of thousands accumulated in downtown Los Angeles for the Women's March.

Sharing her traumatic experience, the Black Swan actor said, "Movie reviewers talked about my budding breasts in reviews". I understood very quickly, even as a 13-year-old, that if I were to express myself sexually that I would feel unsafe.

However she added it was the only way she believed her voice could be heard, and that at 13, "the message from our culture" was clear to her.

Portman joined hundreds of thousands of women at marches across the U.S. on the anniversary of Donald Trump's presidency. My family, my friends, my teachers, my colleagues, and my idols. At that moment of my life, I too was discovering. "They read, "'The future is still female", "Women's rights are not up for games", "Nevertheless she persisted", "Women united will never be defeated", and also simply put, "I've had enough".

Davis continued, "Every single day, your job as an American citizen is not just to fight for your rights, it's to fight for the rights of every individual that is taking a breath, whose heart is pumping and breathing on this earth". I hope I'm not only defined by my gender though. "One year ago, on this stage, I was very pregnant, and we talked about the beginning of a revolution". "The women who are faceless, the women who don't have the money ... and who don't have the images in our media that gives them a sense of self-worth enough to break their silence that's rooted in the shame of assault". We just can't agree on what that is.

Portman turned 12 years old when on the set of The Professional.

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

E! News later reported that Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lawrence, Adele, Eva Longoria, Lupita Nyong'o, Scarlett Johansson, Viola Davis, and more attended the Los Angeles march.

"Her ability to connect things like the #MeToo movement, things nearly apolitical in nature, to the political action that was the Women's March itself ... was pretty impressive", Lind said.

  • Jon Douglas