Author and Acadamy Award-winning screenwriter Brook Busey – better known by the pen name Diablo Cody – recently discussed her thoughts with David Zax at Fast Company about the discrimination and sexism pregnant women face in the work force.
“I was about six months pregnant while we were shooting [Lamb of God, in which she directed],” she reveals. “Believe me, when I’m pregnant, I hear my fair share of Juno jokes. People were surprised that I was going to direct this movie while I was pregnant, and I guess I felt it was important to not delay production and to actually go do it, because I wanted to show people that pregnancy is not a disability, and a pregnant lady can be in a position of power and crazy shit won’t happen. And we made it.”
“There is some major league discrimination that freaks out Hollywood decision makers regarding hiring women with kids, women who are pregnant or women who could potentially become pregnant as directors,” she continues. “I’ve had directors tell me they have lied and not revealed they were pregnant to get a job. It’s just bullshit and is one place where the double standard between male and female roles in our culture is amplified.”
The 34-year-old Jennifer’s Body writer feels that men who are expecting children at home do not face the same treatment that women who are expecting children face at the workplace.
“Nobody would ever care if a male CEO was expecting a child–or frankly if a male director was expecting a child,” she says. “I’ve worked with a lot of directors who had babies on the way or had them at home, and nobody ever said, “What are you doing here on set?”
“Because I’m a powerful woman with a career, and my baby sleeps in bed with me every night, and I breastfeed, and I do all those wonderful motherly nurturing things–and I have a really badass high-profile job. You can do both things.”
Diablo – who first gained fame after candidly chronicling her year as a stripper in her blog and her 2006 memoir titled Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper – is mother to her 2-year-old son Marcello with husband Dan Maurio.
The couple recently welcomed their second child together.