Sandra Bullock Slams Media's Treatment of Women: 'We Are Harming Girls'

by Antoinette Bueno 11:47 AM PDT, July 02, 2015
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Sandra Bullock is getting real about what she sees is the media's fixation with women's looks.

Although the 50-year-old actress landed the cover of People's "Most Beautiful" issue this year, the Oscar winner says she's "embarrassed" by how women are treated in the media, specifically when it comes to aging.

"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," Sandra tells E! News. "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."

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"We are harming girls and women in a way, at a speed that it's scaring me," she adds. " ... Little girls are having the hardest time with bullying and the Internet -- somebody with a very large hand and big voice needs to put a stop to it."

Sandra says she only agreed to the People cover to talk about other women she finds beautiful, and to support them.

"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," she explains.

In fact, Sandra praises how her fellow women in Hollywood have been able to have one another's backs.

"You'd be surprised at the love that you have in our crazy industry," she marvels. "The women 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."

Last month, 26-year-old Rumer Willis got candid about her own personal issues with being bullied for her looks growing up, in an essay she wrote for Glamour. But in her eyes, women actually need to be nicer to one another.

"We all need to stop bullying ourselves and being cruel to other women," Rumer wrote. "Attacking one another instead of supporting one another has become the norm. Life's hard enough as it is."

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