Quick Hit: Shailene Woodley and the F-word

In writing yesterday’s post, I stumbled upon this article from The Daily Beast talking about Shailene Woodley’s remarks in a recent Time Magazine interview on why she doesn’t consider herself a feminist. When asked if she identified with feminism:

No 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. […]  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.

I identify with this because it was reminiscent of the reactions to feminism I’ve received over the years, and especially with my story from this past weekend. Why I love the Daily Beast article though, is that it recognizes that it’s not Woodley’s fault, rather it’s a generational misunderstanding. We all know feminism is the other “F-word” but rather than attack Woodley and other people who misunderstand feminism’s true meaning, the author points out we must have patience and understanding. Educate those who are misguided and prove that feminism is for everyone.

Anyway, it’s some food for thought. What do you think? Leave a comment below!

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