AceShowbiz - Kate Beckinsale has slammed the double standards in Hollywood, after attracting regular criticism for going out and having fun rather than sitting at home "anticipating menopause while crocheting."
The 46-year-old actress has earned herself something of a reputation for her love of dating toyboys, with recent conquests including comedian Pete Davidson and singer Goody Grace.
But in a new interview with Women's Health magazine, Kate hit out at the way her nights out are perceived - insisting there's nothing wrong with "living one's life in a reasonably respectful manner."
"It can feel like a little bit of a political act to be a woman over 32 who's having any fun at all," she explained. "And by that, I don't mean doing drugs and drinking and partying, because I never am, but being goofy, and going out, and not going, 'Oh my God, I'm going to sit home and anticipate menopause while crocheting.' Unless you're doing that, it somehow seems to be risque, which is just ridiculous to me."
"And I witness men constantly doing whatever they like, whether that's in relationships, or deciding to buy a motorbike, or getting a tattoo. It hasn't been interpreted as, 'Why hasn't he had more children?' or, 'Is he ever going to decide to become a parent?' or, 'Why has he had so many girlfriends?' "
Later in the interview, Kate - who is divorced from director Len Wiseman - suggested that married people might get on better if they live separately.
"I think more people would do well married if they didn't have to live in the same house," she mused. "Being married is kind of easy, but the living-with-the-person thing is a lot. I also think that, for women especially, and this is generalising, but I think it's common for us to mentally subjugate our needs to whoever else is in the room."