In an interview with E! News, Bullock reflected on earning People magazine's annual Most Beautiful title, which she said she accepted only after she was guaranteed a platform to discuss the women she finds inspiring. The media is setting a nasty standard for how we talk about women, the actress explained, and she wants to change the conversation.
"I feel like it's become open hunting season in how women are attacked and it's not because of who we are as people, it's because of how we look or our age," Bullock told E!. "I'm shocked—and maybe I was just naïve, but I'm embarrassed by it. My son is getting ready to grow up in this world and I'm trying to raise a good man who values and appreciates women, and here we have this attack on women in the media that I don't see a stop happening."
Fortunately for Bullock, she's found a strong support system among other actresses facing similar harsh scrutiny, telling E!, "You'd be surprised at the love that you have in our crazy industry." Those women, Bullock said, "have bonded together and have sort of become this tribe of trying to take care of each other and be there for each other in a way, because the minute you step out it's an onslaught."
"I laughed when [People] said they're gonna be generous and bestow me this wonderful privilege, but I said if I can talk about the amazing women who I find beautiful, which are these women who rise above and take care of business and do wonderful things, and take care of each other, then I'm more than honored to be on the cover of this."
For more of Bullock's thoughts on the issue, check out the full interview over at E!.
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