a sexist narrative in the entertainment industry

I had no idea there was a rumor that Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence hated each other.  But I'm not surprised -- as this article on Slate points out, it's not an unusual narrative:  two women pursuing success are cast as in competition against each other, rather than against everyone else in the business, or -- even better, and more true -- both pursuing success in a field they hope will grow enough to accommodate as many brilliant people in it as possible. Chastian shot the rumor down on Facebook:

I find it very sad that media makes up bogus stories about women fighting in this industry. Filming The Help was the most amazing experience and yet, that is the film Im most asked about in regards to "fighting on set". Why do we support the myth that women are competitive and cannot get along? I think all of the actresses recognized this year have given incredible performances. But more important, they've all shown themselves to be filled with generosity and kindness. I've done two photo shoots with Jennifer Lawrence over the years and have found her to be utterly charming and a great talent. I've told her how beautiful her film work is. Please don't allow the media to perpetuate the myth that women arent supportive of each other. Everytime an actress is celebrated for her great work, I cheer. For the more brilliant their performance, the more the audience demands stories about women. With support and encouragement, we help to inspire this industry to create opportunities for women. And as we all know: a great year for women in film, is just a great year for film xxjes