“No [I'm not a feminist] because I love men, and I think the idea of ‘raise women to power, take the men away from the power’ is never going to work out because you need balance. With myself, I’m very in touch with my masculine side. And I’m 50 percent feminine and 50 percent masculine, same as I think a lot of us are. And I think that is important to note. And also I think that if men went down and women rose to power, that wouldn’t work either. We have to have a fine balance.”
FIRST, a new rule: any future female celebs — especially those as young as 20-year-old Shailene Woodley – who are asked if they consider themselves “feminists” need to read the actual dictionary definition of the word before they answer, because I am sick to death of bullshit, stupid answers like this one. Here it is, for future reference, emphasis mine: “An advocate for the social, political, legal, and economic rights for women equal to those of men.”
Now, to address Shailene specifically. Shay, girl, I believe you are smarter than the response you gave to TIME‘s question about whether you’re a feminist. I actually admire you very much for many of your convictions and your commitment to speaking your mind. You are a young woman who has shown genuine social and environmental consciousness, not because it’s cool or fashionable, but because you actually seem to care. You have taught yourself how to make your own damn clay toothpaste, for Gaia’s sake! So it baffles me that you could have such a piss-poor understanding of what it means to be a feminist. Do you really think that you cannot be a feminist because you “love men”? Do you really think that, as this answer implies, women who do identify as feminists must hate/dislike men? Do you really think feminism is about women seizing all the power away from the menz? Do you really think one’s ability to be a feminist is determined by how “feminine” or “masculine” they are?
Shailene, the next time you head outside for the afternoon to sun your vagina, please bring an actual book about feminism, like bell hooks’ Feminism Is For Everybody, to read. You need an education on the women’s movement as much as your yoni needs its Vitamin D. [TIME]