Well, this is awkward.
Shailene Woodley may have some backpedaling to do. After the Divergent actress revealed to Time magazine that she’s not a feminist — and her confusing rationale behind her declaration — has resulted in a lot of criticism from just about everybody.
So what was the offending statement? When asked if she’s a feminist, Shailene replied, “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.”
Shailene — and, let’s face it, many other people — must subscribe to this misconception that feminism is about bringing men down, or that all feminists must hate men. Not true! Feminism is all about equality, and if society can reach the balance that the feminist ideology calls for, everyone benefits.
“I’m 50 percent masculine and 50 percent feminine, same as I think a lot of us are,” the 22-year-old actress continued. “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.”
Shailene’s misinformed opinion was met with both confusion and even a little bit of anger as many different outlets like The Huffington Post hurried to report on her comments. We can’t help but feel bad for Shailene, but we understand the media storm. Why would an actress who takes on such girl power-fueled roles (like Tess in Divergent) make such a statement?
But no matter what her understanding or views on feminism are, we do agree with Shailene on one thing: women (and people) in general need to start being kinder to each other.
“There’s so much jealousy, so much comparison and envy,” Shailene said. “And it’s just so silly and heartbreaking in a way.”
Being nice to each other? That we can get behind.