Meghan Markle thinks women are “vilified” for exploring their sexuality — while men are often praised.
“I don’t understand what it is about the stigma surrounding women and their sexuality and the exploration of their sexuality that is so much more vilified than for a man,” the Duchess of Sussex said in Tuesday’s episode of her Spotify podcast, “Archetypes.”
Markle, 41, shared that she notices a double standard for women.
“As you’re getting older, you’re exploring and starting to understand your sensuality, your feminine divine. Your sexuality, oftentimes, it can be very much used against you,” she said.
The “Suits” alum explained that men are usually celebrated when they explore their sex lives and have no problem flaunting their experiences, whereas women are looked down upon if they show their sexual sides.
“A man, if he is a player, out having fun or whatever he’s doing, it’s often celebrated. Even heralded,” she said. “But for a woman, I don’t care if she’s perhaps the most successful woman in finance in her mid-50s, I promise you, someone will still go, ‘But she was such a slut in college.’”
Markle said the idea of a woman’s sexual journey will “stick with her” like glue.
Notably, the former actress, who married Prince Harry in 2018, recently faced controversy when she claimed she was reduced to a “bimbo” as a briefcase girl on “Deal or No Deal.”
“I ended up quitting the show. I was so much more than what was being objectified on the stage,” she said on her podcast in October. “I didn’t like feeling forced to be all looks and little substance, and that’s how it felt for me at the time being reduced to this specific archetype: the word ‘bimbo.’”
She added, “I was grateful for the job, but not about how it made me feel, which was not smart. By the way, I was surrounded by smart women … but that wasn’t the focus.”
But some social media users called Markle a “hypocrite” considering she took a job on “90210” years later as a character who was caught performing oral sex on a man in a car.
“YEARS after you left deal or no deal for ‘being treated like a bimbo’, you took on roles giving men BJ’s in cars in 90210, taking your top off to grill burgers in Mens Health, had a ton of sex scenes in ‘Suits’. You’ve objectified YOURSELF,” one person tweeted, adding, “You’re not a victim girl.”
Whoopi Goldberg also weighed in, saying Markle should not judge those trying to break into the business.
“When you’re a performer, you take the gig,” the “View” co-host said. “Sometimes, you’re in a Bozo suit, sometimes you got a big nose, and this is just the way it is.”