Salma Hayek’s Confession Exposes Hollywood’s Exploitation of Women

Salma Hayek’s Confession Exposes Hollywood’s Exploitation of Women


Once upon a time, in a more prudish Hollywood, it was considered risqué to show couples sleeping in the same bed. Sex was a sacred act, and any intimacy between characters was only implied but never shown.

Cue the sexual revolution in the 1960s and, suddenly, Hollywood no longer treats the subject of sex with careful reverence. Performers’ bodies are now seen as a decoration to be consumed for one’s viewing pleasure — a mindset that has placed an unfair amount of pressure on female actresses.

Actress Salma Hayek recently opened up about the stress of filming her first sexually explicit scene with co-star Antonio Banderas in the 1995 film “Desperado.” During an interview published Monday on actor Dax Shepard’s podcast, “Armchair Expert,” Hayek revealed that she did not know beforehand that the role required her to be that vulnerable on camera.

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“The love scene was not in the script,”

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