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Penelope Cruz Says Men Should Still Be Able to Compliment a Woman's Appearance

Penelope Cruz Says Men Should Still Be Able to Compliment a Woman's Appearance

Penelope Cruz is on the cover of TATLER‘s August 2019 issue, out on newsstands on June 27.

Here’s what the 45-year-old Everybody Knows actress had to say…

How ten years ago she and husband Javier Bardem made a decision: “A really good decision for us, not to talk about our relationship. It would feel very strange to do it a different way. I just couldn’t do it.”

On the dangers of men complimenting a woman’s appearance: “This is a worldwide problem. This is a big thing. And for us to be commenting, oh, no, in 2019, you cannot say a woman looks good? Are we f–king crazy?”

On hormones: “Hormones rule the world…I bet you weren’t expecting to talk about hormones. Okay. Hormones…there are times in the life of a woman that have to be acknowledged, and understood and called by their name. There are too many taboos surrounding women’s bodies and I think it equals a big lack of respect. You might be thinking, ‘What is the relationship between hormones and respect?’ It’s completely related. Words like ‘period’, ‘post-partum depression’, ‘menopause’. Even today, those words, you bring them up at a dinner table, everybody gets nervous. Even if it’s a group of women, if men are also at the table, the energy gets very nervous. The peri-menopause goes from 40 to 50, and nobody talks about that. Society keeps things as a taboo and I’m really angry about this. I feel like everything that they’re asking us in interviews…they ask us about the changes that have happened in the business over the last couple of years, in terms of the movement towards equality for women and respect for women. Of course it feels like there’s been some improvement. But it’s only the beginning.”

For more from Penelope, head to Tatler.com.

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  • Ash

    A very smart and beautiful woman. Something that’s very rare in Hollywood these days.

  • Nikki

    Of course you can still compliment a woman, just don’t follow it up with creepy or inappropriate comments which take it from a compliment to potential sexual harassment.

  • mahbelle

    some women take offense at ANY comment about their appearance. it’s a slippery slope

  • MyName

    That’s exactly right. It’s about the tone, familiarity, and respect. Everyone, regardless of age and gender,.enjoys compliments. A compliment should make you feel good and not dirty.

  • Berty Popperdopper

    Comrades we must.throw off the misogynistic chains of straight white male patriarchy and rise up as one great workers voice in a spontaneous demonstration of the peoples will, only then can we finally end the petty Bourgeoisie strangle hold on the means of production, thereby resulting in a diverse and vibrant child sexual grooming culture ideal for all.

    Make sense?

    Nope, like all this SJW communist twaddle.