Katherine Heigl—I'm A Victim Of Sexism, There's No Male Word For 'Bitch'!

Katherine Heigl may admit she has behaved badly in the past - but she is convinced men are given a pass for much worse every day.

In an interview with E!, Katherine was asked about her reputation for being a "diva" and the difficultly women face when trying to express themselves and be taken seriously.

When the actress was asked if her comments would be taken differently were she male, Katherine had a very passionate response.

"Why isn't there the male equivalent for even bitch? It's so derogatory. I can get into a whole conversation about this. My husband and I talk about this and he's like, ‘Well, let's come up with a word!' But look, I don't want to be a victim, either. I don't want to sit around and complain about the way things are, I want to power through it."

According to the former Grey's Anatomy star, she looks up to her mother as a role model and example of someone who has been through prejudice and sexism. Katherine is determined to follow in her mother's footsteps and allow no one to tell her what she can and can't do.

"My mother never subscribed to the idea that a woman had to be this or a woman was only capable of this in a professional way. Even if that stigma was placed on her in the '50s and the '60s and the '70s, she just ignored it and kept moving forward and kept being who she was capable of being and doing. It's not always possible if the people in charge say no because the people in charge do say no. But that's my approach at this point, to not let it make me a victim of society or sexism. It's up to me to bully my way through it."

She also feels it is important to set a good, strong, positive role model for her daughters.

"I spent time trying to be more of a publicity packaged thing, and I just couldn't. I couldn't sleep at night. It kept me up. It felt so dishonest to me and it felt like such a cop out, like me saying that I am inherently wrong about how I feel about things or I am inherently wrong if I have something to say. I don't like that for my daughters. I don't like that for my girlfriends. I don't like that for any woman in this world to be made to feel like that. You voice, your opinion and you are made to feel like if someone disagrees with you, that now you're a bad person?"

She has a VERY good point - women are certainly held to standards of behavior men are not. But that doesn't excuse her shittiness towards people on set - although it really does sound as if Katherine has learned her lesson about that.