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In October, Jennifer Lawrence wrote an essay for Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner’s Lenny Letter about her own struggles with pay inequality and sexism in Hollywood. Most applauded Lawrence for her candor, but not everyone.

“Some news show called my essay a ‘bratty display’ and I was like, thank you for proving my point,” Lawrence tells EW. “Would you have called a man a brat? I was very clear: My problems are not relatable. This is not about money. I don’t need money, I have plenty of money, I’m already overpaid. What I was trying to write about was how my own mentality was getting in my own way.”

Lawrence wrote the essay after it was revealed through emails leaked in Sony hack that she made less money than her male American Hustle costars.

“I’m over trying to find the ‘adorable’ way to state my opinion and still be likable! F— that,” she wrote in October. “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.”

“It is harder for a woman to be blunt than a man. It just is. We’re not victims because we have vaginas — we need to push through that idea,” Lawrence says now. “I feel like I’ve stopped all that bullsh–. I say exactly what I mean. I can see that it takes people aback at first, but then they see that’s how you operate: straightforwardly. It’s about being assertive with your voice and not being ashamed.”

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