From Shailene Woodley to Kelly Clarkson to Pharrell, many of Hollywoods biggest stars have shied away from saying theyre feminists, even while insisting they support equal rights. But Joseph Gordon-Levitt proudly stands by the f-word.
In an interview with The Daily Beast to promote his latest movie, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Gordon-Levitt was asked about womens rights. (Sin City features lots of strip club scenes, and his directorial debut, Don John, was about pornography addiction.) Heres what he says feminism means to him:
What that means to me is that you dont let your gender define who you areyou can be who you want to be, whether youre 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, Id absolutely call myself a feminist.
Amazing, right? Gordon-Levitt goes on to discuss how women have been oppressed through history, and how denying women opportunities has hurt humanity. Im a believer that if everyone has a fair chance to be what they want to be and do what they want to do, its better for everyone, he said. It benefits society as a whole.
The actors feminist cred runs in the family. Hes said in the past he credits his mother for important history lessons, since she was active in the womens rights movement during the 1960s and 1970s. His mom, Jane Gordon, ran for Congress in California as part of the Peace and Freedom Party in 1970, and met his dad, Dennis Levitt, at a left-wing radio station. She also managed to raise a pretty fantastic feminist.
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