Meryl Streep Says She Doesn't Identify as a Feminist

Wait, what?

Meryl Streep plays an early feminist hero fighting for the right to vote in the new movie Suffragette. But Streep, who is actually a feminist hero in her day-to-day life, says she'd prefer not to be identified by the f-word. Yes, really.

In an interview with Time Out London, Streep, who's promoting her role as British icon Emmeline Pankhurst, was asked, "Are you a feminist?" Her response: "I am a humanist, I am for nice easy balance." It's not like Streep said she doesn't believe in equality for women, but she did shy away from proudly aligning with the feminist movement.

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It's confusing why she'd avoid using the word feminist, considering her actions are almost consistently feminist. This is a woman who sent letters to every member of Congress demanding they pass the Equal Rights Amendment, and set up a fund for women screenwriters over 40. Even in the same interview, she called out Hollywood for being too male-dominated. "People at agencies and studios, including the parent boards, might look around the table at the decision-making level and feel something is wrong if half their participants are not women," she said.

Let's just chalk this up to a slip of the tongue, because if we don't, we have to disqualify Streep's amazing speech in honor of Emma Thompson last year. She called her fellow actress "a rabid, man-eating feminist, like I am." And that's a character trait worth celebrating.

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