Kidman: Hollywood Hurting Women

It contributes to violence by portraying them as weak sex objects
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 22, 2009 10:37 AM CDT
Nicole Kidman listens to testimony before the House International Organizations, Human Rights and Oversight Subcommittee hearing on violence against women on Capitol Hill.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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(Newser) – Violence against women can "probably" be blamed in part on Hollywood's depiction of them as weak sex objects, Nicole Kidman says. The actress—and goodwill ambassador for the UN Development Fund for Women—testified before a House subcommittee to promote humanitarian efforts to relieve such violence overseas. She was quick to add that she isn't interested in those stereotypical Hollywood roles, the AP reports.

"I can't be responsible for all of Hollywood but I can certainly be responsible for my own career," she said, adding that the International Violence Against Women Act is a good idea because, "in the real world, the laws go unenforced and impunity is the norm."