Recently, while promoting her new movie The Fault in Our Stars, actress Shailene Woodley stirred up a bit of controversy when she said she was 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.”
But a lot of feminists took serious issue with her statement, arguing that feminism does not mean you are pro woman and anti man, but that you are pro equality between the sexes. Today, on Entertainment Weekly Radio‘s Women on Pop, Woodley stood by her comment.
“I think that the word ‘feminist’ is beautiful, just in the same way that I think the word ‘democrat’ or ‘republican’ or whatever you are is beautiful,” she said. “But any sort of label in my mind, segregates, there’s a line between people. And it creates segregation and it creates discord, and I don’t abide by that.” But she does insist that she does not think that feminists “don’t love men.” But it’s the “words” and “labels” she doesn’t identify with. In fact, she says the whole kerfuffle following her interview proved her point. Hear her thoughts below.
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