My Op-Ed in tomorrow's @nytimes (link in bio): "When I was 21, I went into the office of a producer of the television show I was starring in to discuss a big problem. By this point I had been acting for more than a decade, and the show was very successful and beloved. Still, I was nervous about facing the firing squad of Emmys that sat behind him and say what I had to say. A crew member had kept showing up to my apartment after work unannounced, going into my trailer while I wasn’t in it, and staring daggers at me from across the set. I liked him at first. He was very sweet and kind in the beginning. We flirted a bit on set. But I was in a relationship. And liking someone certainly didn’t merit the kind of behavior he was exhibiting, which was making me feel unsafe. My hands were freezing and I balled my wardrobe skirt up around my fists as I spoke. It was all caught in my throat - my embarrassment that it had gotten to this point. The producer listened. Then he said, “Well, there are two sides to every story.” For women in America who come forward with stories of harassment, abuse and sexual assault, there are not two sides to every story, however noble that principle might seem. Women do not get to have a side. They get to have an interrogation. Too often, they are questioned mercilessly about whether their side is legitimate. Especially if that side happens to accuse a man of stature, then that woman has to consider the scrutiny and repercussions she’ll be subjected to by sharing her side . Every day, women across the country consider the risks. That is our day job and our night shift. We have a diploma in risk consideration. Consider that skirt. Consider that dark alley. Consider questioning your boss. Consider what your daughter will think of you. Consider what your mother will think of what your daughter will think of you. Consider how it will be twisted and used against you in a court of law. Consider whether you did, perhaps, really ask for it. Consider your weight. Consider dieting. Consider agelessness. Consider silence. . It’s no wonder that the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics reported that from 2006 to 2010, 65% of sexual assaults went unreporte
Dear Mr. Woods, . What you are experiencing is called a teachable moment. It is called a gift. It is called a humbling. It is called Jesus, I come to thee. It is called an awakening. It is called a growth edge. It is called hope. . The hope being that through this experience, you can change. You can redefine the man who will come after this moment and this man who came before. . Since you've now called me a liar, I will now call you a silencer. I see your gaslight and now will raise you a scorched earth. . My friend Billy and I were at the Roxy on Sunset Boulevard seeing a band we loved. We decided to go to Mel's diner on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood to get burgers after. I had just gotten my driver's license and very specifically remember my nervousness trying to park in the diner parking lot. Upon leaving the restaurant we were stopped by you and your friend, who both seemed very nice. At one point you suggested we should all go to Las Vegas together. "It's such a great place, have you ever been?" You tried to make it sound innocent. This is something predatory men like to do, I've noticed. Make it sound innocent. Just a dollop of insinuation. Just a hair of persuasion. Just a pinch of suggestion. "It will be so much fun, I promise you. Nothing has to happen, we will just have a good time together." I told you my age, kindly and with no judgment or aggression. I told you my age because I thought you would be immediately horrified and take back your offer. You laughed and said, "Even better. We'll have so much fun, I promise." . Here's the thing, Mr. Woods. At that time I was not a public persona. I had done a couple years on a soap opera as an actress, but you wouldn't know me from Adam. I'm sure you've racked your brain trying to remember how you could've possibly hit on the actress Amber Tamblyn at a diner almost two decades ago. You think, it's not possible, there's no way I would've been so stupid as to hit on a 16-year-old known actress. But I wasn't known then, James. I was just a girl. And I'm going to wager that there have been many girls who were just girls or women who were just women who you've done this to because you can...(link in bio)
Guess what? PAINT IT BLACK will be available on iTunes as of Sept 19th as well as DirecTV and other platforms October 3rd. Even bigger news to share later this year. Get ready! #PaintItBlackMovie
Trying to find a way to channel your anger about DACA? Put your money where your rage is. My good friend Geoff Kagan-Trenchard represents this woman and she needs your support. The New Sanctuary Coalition of NYC is an interfaith network of congregations, organizations, and individuals, standing publicly in solidarity with communities resisting detention and deportation. Please donate to support women like Amanda and an important organization like this one. We have 27 days to reach a 5K goal. Get on it. Especially if you're white. Double especially if you're a white woman. Triply especially if you're Scott Baio. Link in bio. #DefendDACA
Let your anger guide you today. Stay angry. Let the fire burn. When they tell you to come together, rip apart from them. When they tell you to stop spreading hate, cut them down with love. When they tell you you're being divisive, call them out on their hypocrisy. Define yourself. Stand up and terrify. Scream. Don't give up. Fight. Don't be silenced or shamed. Lives are depending on your collective voices. #DACA
New York. You know the drill. 10am tomorrow morning (Tuesday 9/5) meet at Trump Tower and put your motivation where your mouth is. #DefendDACA
Oh just an amazing baby brunch with these Gorgeous Ladies of Feminism. #ItsMyBodyItsMyChoice
Thrilled to be performing with my favorite person Andrea Gibson at The Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival on 10/28 at The Kennedy Center in D.C. (Curated by my other favorite person, Tig Notaro.) Tickets on sale now: http://www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/event/XSCCL
Derrick Brown and I have done many poetry tours on motorcycle over the years through many states. This picture was taken in Austin on last year's tour. Our hearts are with you, Texas. You're a beautiful, delicious place.
#Repost @lenadunham (@get_repost) ・・・ My girls @amyschumer @americaferrera @amberrosetamblyn and I have a new Girls Night tradition- putting our money where our mouths are. Join us in donating to those feeling the impact of #DACA at link in bio 🙏
"For the tenth time Amber, it wasn't a "game" it was a fight!" #BoxingNerds #Boxplaining
Mayweather who? #Champion
Happy Saturday. (Photo credit: Melissa McEwen)
Today is the last day to get SHE Summit passes, NYC! #Repost @shesummit (@get_repost) ・・・ In the last week, we've added 10 speakers and registered over 100 people to the 6th annual #SHESummit! Today is the last day to purchase S.H.E. Summit 2017 tickets at the early bird rate before it increases at midnight. Tickets WILL sell out - don't miss this rare opportunity to receive powerful and actionable leadership content that will help you achieve extraordinary success and become a change agent in creating a more equal workplace and world. Link in bio.
Racism is something you learn. It is something taught. It is something handed down, handed over. It is something allowed, ignored, something we say isn't our problem, something we don't need to deal with because it doesn't effect us directly, or if it does we say we have bigger issues to face. . It's not enough to be white and say you're helping just because you yourself are not a racist. . It's not enough to denounce it to just your friends of color. . Allowing marches like the one in Charlottesville is not a matter of protecting an Amendment. It is a matter of white defensiveness. It is an act of handing down. Handing over. It is an act of allowance, of ignoring. It is a matter of saying it's not our problem. It doesn't effect us directly and if it does we have bigger issues to face. . Racism is learned. It is the deepest shadow excused by White America. It is our blindest of eyes. It is the greatest work we can and will ever do; To look not to people of color for how we can be better, but to turn and hold our fellow whitenesses accountable. . (Photo credit: Todd Robertson)
#Repost @americaferrera (@get_repost) ・・・ #thefutureisSisterhood
Feeling helpless? Here's something you can do, especially if you're white. Donald Trump will return to his "house" in New York City tomorrow (Monday) for the first time since being elected. Protests in front of his "house" are being organized today through tomorrow and Tuesday. Show up. Block traffic. Effect tourism by doing so. Bring signs. Bring your glorious voices. Show him how you feel. What you will not tolerate. Let him look out the window of his blind, billionaire tower and see not a city that loves him back, but a city that fights back against him.
Beyond Baroque has been one of the most important literary establishments for decades now. It's one of the only places in the country strictly dedicated to poetry. I have done many readings here over the last 20 years. I even had my 21st birthday here. So I'm honored to do this literary salon on August 19 with them. I'll be reading all new poems inspired by last year's campaign and election, which will appear in my next collection of poetry. Come get fired up and inspired at this lovely private event in the Venice Canals, supporting Beyond Baroque. I promise I'll make it worth every dime.