For too long the scourge of irrelevant questions have made the lives of female public figures miserable. You know what we're talking about:
"How did you lose weight for your role?"
"Who are you wearing?"
"When are you having kids?"
...And any other question that's hella insulting to accomplished, professional women — those questions that make your eyes roll into the back of your head and never come back out.
Luckily, 2015 was a year where your favorite famous ladies (and some of their woke male co-stars) collectively decided they were not going to take it anymore -- and, damn, was it satisfying to watch it all unfold.
Ariana Grande was so over the 'girls are materialistic' trope.
Ariana Grande had a pretty great year for crushing sexism. One of her best moments was when she refused to let two radio hosts off the hook for boring her with tedious questions or spouting some tired stereotypes about what women care about.
She politely answered their hair questions, but when they asked which she would choose to "use one last time" her cellphone or make-up, she was less amenable.
"Is this what you think girls have trouble choosing between?" she asked. "Is this men assuming that's what girls would have to choose between?"
Zoey Saldana-Perego didn't let her husband's awesome name-change become a punchline.
When Zoey Saldana and her husband, Marco Perego, got married earlier this year, they decided that they would take one another's last name -- a very cool gesture that offers a f--k you to antiquated traditions from when women were considered property. But, naturally, media folks -- like Jimmy Kimmel -- had to take that old fashioned spin of asking whether Mrs. Saldana embodied the ball-busting woman archetype by "making" her husband take her name.
"Why does it mean a woman has to hold a gun, like, 'you're going to be a Saldana?'" she asked, clearly frustrated, adding that no one seemed to think her choosing to hyphenate with both last names was newsworthy.
Serena Williams refused to fake a smile.
As one of the world's greatest athletes, Serena Williams doesn't owe anybody s--t. She certainly doesn't owe anyone a smile.
So when a reporter asked her at a late-night press conference why she didn't "smile or laugh" after her match and tried to pry into her business, she gave a beautifully straight-forward answer: "It's 11:30. To be perfectly honest with you, I don't want to be here. I just want to be in bed right now and I have to wake up early to practice and I don't want to answer any of these questions. And you keep asking me the same questions. It's not really ... you're not making it super enjoyable."
Tom Hardy didn't even try to validate this lame 'Mad Max' question.
Tom Hardy was left speechless at a "Mad Max" Q&A, when he was asked what he thought of "all those women" in the film since the questioner thought "it was a man's movie," (whatever the hell that means).
Along with displaying the world's most perfect stank-face, Hardy didn't even dignify the question with more than a quick grunt of "No. Not for one minute." He is a delight.
Mark Ruffalo answered those mundane, shallow questions to prove a point.
Instead of following the traditional routine of asking the male actors those juicy character development/craft questions, Cosmopolitan threw some of the less thought-provoking Qs (traditionally saved for ladies) in a "flip the script" exercise while interviewing with Mark Ruffalo and Scarlett Johansson.
Ruffalo -- angel that he is -- had a sense of humor about it, taking the lame-duck questions (that typically would've been thrown to his "Avengers" co-star Scarlett Johansson) without complaint, and listening attentively as ScarJo had her chance to dive into her super cool super spy character's story arc. It's understandable that the "rabbit food" and "how do you pose on the red carpet" questions weren't as fun to answer as the in-depth questions that actually relate to the job.
Kristin Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg flipped the script and exposed "awkward" double standards.
Jesse Eisenberg seemed really, really confused and then really, really horrified in the short few minutes he was interviewed by his "American Ultra" co-star Kristin Stewart. In a video for Funny Or Die (set up as a prank by K. Stew) had the stars reading off index cards some typical interview questions.
While Stewart got to field some questions about her sense of humor, her favorite sports teams and how she "bulks up" for roles, Eisenberg answered questions about his relationship status, his favorite designers and whether he was pregnant or not.
A few more questions (and a mani-cam) later, a truly exasperated (and super uncomfortable) Eisenberg said "now I know what it's like to be a woman." And it doesn't seem like he liked it that much.
Victoria's Secret Angel Magdalena Frackowiak modeled her phenomenal B.S. detecting skills.
When a TMZ reporter launched into questions about what kind of foods the models were craving following the Victoria's Secret Fasion Show, Frackowiak was having none of it.
“What? No guys, not with these kinds of questions, this is stupid! Ask more smart questions, not [about] eating after the show,” she said.
Because she's a woman just trying to do her job without getting prying, irrelevant questions lobbed her way, she refused to be a part of the (super damaging) "starving model" cliché : “You make me look like an idiot,” she added. “It seems like I'm starving myself and I can't wait for the show to end so I can eat.” Before shutting down the whole interview.
The "Orange Is The New Black" cast demanded that their work come first.
When an interviewer turned flirty on OITNB, Uzo Aduba, Samira Wiley and Natasha Lyonne were firm and professional as they steered him away from that territory.
First, Aduba was dismissive when the dude asked her to feel his muscles (ew). When he then asked the other two whether the cast full of talented, seasoned and professional actors could get through filming without fighting (you know, because they're all really, really beautiful and couldn't possibly be friendly with one another?), the actresses had to stop being nice and start getting real.
“I feel like it’s accidentally maybe a little bit misogynistic," Lyonne said. "Cause it’s like, ‘You’re so beautiful, what’s it like having to do all that acting?’ I can’t tell if that’s the question, but if it is, it’s insane. Despite the great beauty on the show, everybody is professional and talented and very capable. So I don’t think anybody is thinking of something as meaningless as their beauty when they’re at work, certainly not for this show.”
And, finally, several outlets pledged to #DoBetter and #AskHerMore.
The impact of the Representation Project's #AskHerMore, a campaign dedicated to combatting media double standards and providing more thought-provoking and worthwhile questions to women in the biz, has been amazing to watch this year.
Thanks to the influence and awareness coming from the campaign, more and more women in the entertainment industry have stood up and popped off at a culture that focused only on their looks and refused to value them for their talent, ambition and smarts -- and if this is indicative of what's to come in 2016, the future is looking bright.