WWSF Weekend Convo

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Beginning this Friday, WWSF will attempt to offer our readers a weekly/fortnightly look at interesting news bytes, opinions and other happenings in the world of feminism. We hope to spark conversations in the community as also draw attention to larger debates that speak directly and vociferously to the cause of gender equity.

This week, Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman weighs in on what feminism actually means to her in an interview to Elle UK, as gleaned from HuffPo:

“I want every version of a woman and a man to be possible. I want women and men to be able to be full-time parents or full-time working people or any combination of the two. I want both to be able to do whatever they want sexually without being called names. I want them to be allowed to be weak and strong and happy and sad — human, basically. The fallacy in Hollywood is that if you’re making a “feminist” story, the woman kicks ass and wins. That’s not feminist, that’s macho. A movie about a weak, vulnerable woman can be feminist if it shows a real person that we can empathize with.”

Do you concur with her statement? How would you define a feminist?

If you would like to contribute to the series, or have links that you would like to share with our group, drop us a note to worksbywomensf@gmail.com, or leave a comment.

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3 responses to “WWSF Weekend Convo

  1. I think her statement is absolutely true. I think it is positive and good for Feminism when the definition is broadened, expanded, tweaked, personalized, and just generally discussed. I don’t know that there can really be ONE definition of feminism (or at least not one succinct definition!) because the problems are too broad, too deep and our culture is too diverse. I have seen SUCH a backlash lately, with so many women loudly proclaiming themselves NOT FEMINIST because they believe the definition is narrow and ugly and doesn’t fit them. I think they are often ignorant, but it isn’t helping anyone except the extreme right-wing for Feminism to have such a terrible public image that otherwise reasonable women don’t want to be identified with it. The definition needs to evolve as the discussion and the times evolve, and the goals of the movement need to evolve along with it.

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