Jennifer Lawrence talks Hollywood wage gap, sexism in essay: I'm over being likable, 'f-- that'

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Jennifer Lawrence Speaks Out About Hollywood's Gender Gap

"When it comes to the subject of feminism, I've remained ever-so-slightly quiet," writes Jennifer Lawrence in a new essay. "But with a lot of talk comes change, so I want to be honest and open and, fingers crossed, not piss anyone off."

The actress' essay -- titled "Why Do I Make Less Than My Male Co‑Stars?" -- appears in the Oct. 13 edition of Lenny, the feminist newsletter from Lena Dunham and her Girls co-showrunner Jenni Konner. She opens up about her difference in pay from her American Hustle male co-stars, which was leaked to the public during last year's Sony hack.

"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. I didn't want to keep fighting over millions of dollars that, frankly, due to two franchises, I don't need," she explains.

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So why did she give up? "I would be lying if I didn't say there was an element of wanting to be liked that influenced my decision to close the deal without a real fight. I didn't want to seem 'difficult' or 'spoiled,'" she confesses. "This is an element of my personality that I've been working against for years, and based on the statistics, I don't think I'm the only woman with this issue. Are we socially conditioned to behave this way? ... Could there still be a lingering habit of trying to express our opinions in a certain way that doesn't 'offend' or 'scare' men?"

"I'm over trying to find the 'adorable' way to state my opinion and still be likable! F--- that," she concludes. "I don't think I've ever worked for a man in charge who spent time contemplating what angle he should use to have his voice heard. It's just heard. Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale, and Bradley Cooper all fought and succeeded in negotiating powerful deals for themselves. If anything, I'm sure they were commended for being fierce and tactical, while I was busy worrying about coming across as a brat and not getting my fair share.

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"Again, this might have NOTHING to do with my vagina, but I wasn't completely wrong when another leaked Sony email revealed a producer referring to a fellow lead actress in a negotiation as a 'spoiled brat,'" she adds in reference to producer Scott Rudin's emailed comments of Angelina Jolie. "For some reason, I just can't picture someone saying that about a man."

Read Lawrence's full essay here.

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Jennifer Lawrence seen leaving her hotel on June 26, 2015 in New York City. Photo Credit: Mpi67/MediaPunch/IPX
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Jennifer Lawrence seen checking out the penthouse apartment right next to Jay Z and Beyonce's building with her parents on June 26, 2015 in New York City. Photo Credit: Mpi67/MediaPunch/IPX
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Actress Jennifer Lawrence coming of a Tribeca hotel on June 11, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Jennifer Lawrence seen leaving her hotel on June 26, 2015 in New York City. Photo Credit: Mpi67/MediaPunch/IPX
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Jennifer Lawrence's parents Karen Lawrence and Gary Lawrence seen walking her dog Pippi in New York City on June 26, 2015. Photo Credit: mpi67 / MediaPunch/IPX
NEW YORK - JUNE 24: Jennifer Lawrence puts chop stics in her mouth then hair as she leaves Nobu after dinner in Tribeca on June 24, 2015 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Actress Jennifer Lawrence is seen in Tribeca on June 26, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Actress Jennifer Lawrence is seen coming out of 'Waverly inn Restaurssrt'on June 26, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 24: Actress Jennifer Lawrence is seen walking iSoho on June 24, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 24: Actress Jennifer Lawrence is seen walking iSoho on June 24, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 10: Jennifer Lawrence seen out in Tribeca on June 10, 2015 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 11: Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends the 'China: Through The Looking Glass' Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Variety)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04: Jennifer Lawrence is seen arriving at the Diamond Horseshoe on May 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
Jennifer Lawrence arrives at The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating "China: Through the Looking Glass" on Monday, May 4, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
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