So I was tossing around ideas for today’s Everyday Empowerment, and came across this gem and just had to post this instead. As much information as we all share in this day and age of instantaneous information, I feel that more misinformation spreads than the days when information wasn’t at the tips of our fingertips. Well, I’m hoping the days of young girls claiming to be anti-feminists are limited, both the famous and the everyday who forgot that they liked voting and owning property.
So in celebration, when that dismal news seems fairly invincible, we need to cheer on the seemingly casual claims of feminism from all people. Though they may appear casual, we left the casualty behind when we all started treating other people, ourselves included, as second class citizens.
Today’s empowerment comes from a self-proclaimed feminist, and a phenomenal actor, Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Before I proceed, let me be clear that I take issue with the term “male feminist,” because feminism does not hinge on gender, rather seeks to eliminate the differences. Does the term “female feminist” sound redundant? Even unnecessary? Which is why “male feminist” sounds just as unnecessary to me.
Back to the brilliance that is self-proclaimed feminism in Joseph Gordon-Levitt. I’m excited because I’ve stumbled across a person, celebrity really, who understands feminism, can even define it. The response from Joseph to The Daily Beast I particularly loved from this interview, is the one I’ve posted bellow.
I read that you consider yourself a “male feminist,” and you credit your parents who are educators and really taught you about the history of feminism. But nowadays, you have a lot of young stars coming out against being labeled a feminist.
Coming out against the label? Wow. I guess I’m not aware of that. What that means to me is that you don’t let your gender define who you are—you can be who you want to be, whether you’re a man, a woman, a boy, a girl, whatever. However you want to define yourself, you can do that and should be able to do that, and no category ever really describes a person because every person is unique. That, to me, is what “feminism” means. So yes, I’d absolutely call myself a feminist. And if you look at history, women are an oppressed category of people. There’s a long, long history of women suffering abuse, injustice, and not having the same opportunities as men, and I think that’s been very detrimental to the human race as a whole. I’m a believer that if everyone has a fair chance to be what they want to be and do what they want to do, it’s better for everyone. It benefits society as a whole.
So let’s benefit society as a whole and applaud the out-spoken feminism in our lives.