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?
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