Why These Feminist Celebs Kick Ass
When a celebrity supports feminism publicly, I tend to get pretty excited. Celebrities are constantly in the public eye and because of this, their views can have a much more powerful effect on the public. The way I see it, the more celebrities that establish themselves as feminists, the more they can promote feminism to the public. This helps create a dialogue and an awareness amongst their fan base about what feminism is truly about. A society that is more aware and concerned with the issue of equality between the sexes is a more evolved and informed one.
Rashida is an American television and movie actress, made famous for her roles in The Office and Parks & Recreation. Despite Rashida’s primarily comic background, she has been outspoken about her views on feminism. She has noted that a lot of roles for women in the entertainment industry are of little substance, and she seeks to change the way women are portrayed in media.
“I realized I was in this small space with all these super-talented women vying for one part in one movie, and it was always the sh—y part in that year’s one good movie: someone’s wife, or someone’s shrew girlfriend. So that has definitely played a part in my decision to act a little less and create a little more, because I want to add more to that conversation about what it takes to be a woman.”
– Rashida Jones
One of the most widely known feminist celebrities, Emma Watson, has been extremely active in her involvement with feminism. Not only is she the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, but she also made a flawless speech on gender equality at an event for the HeForShe Campaign at the United Nations headquarters. I know…pretty amazing. In addition to that, Emma has discussed many feminist issues via her Twitter account. It seems like this powerful woman is only getting started.
“We need more of those and if you still hate the word, it is not the word that is important. It’s the idea and the ambition behind it.”
Gordon-Levitt recently made a YouTube video discussing the inequalities between the sexes in the media. He not only speaks to the complicities of the issue, but touches on lessons his mother taught him about gender equality from a very young age as well. Gordon-Levitt is pretty good proof that you don’t need to have a vagina to recognize inequality or to support the rights of women.
“She wanted my brother and I to be aware of it because we see these images on TV and in movies and in magazines all the time, and if we don’t stop and think about it it just sort of seeps into your brain, and that becomes the way you perceive reality.”
This movie star, famous for her roles in Juno and Inception, has not been shy about her support of feminism. She has stated that she “doesn’t disagree with” the radical feminists from the 1970’s, as well as questioned the expectations that are put on women in our society. You can find more information on her feminist views on her Twitter page, along with LGBTQ support.
“It’s how you’re treated, it’s how you’re looked at, how you’re expected to look in a photoshoot, it’s how you’re expected to shut up and not have an opinion, it’s how you – if you’re a girl and you don’t fit the very specific vision of what a girl should be, which is always from a man’s perspective, then you’re a little bit at a loss.”
The famous musician who plays the piano and has sung the popular songs Ordinary People, Best You’ve Ever Had, and most recently, Glory is a proud feminist. Speaking at a fundraising event for Chime for Change, John Legend said that “all men should be feminists”, noted his mother as a huge inspiration to him, and spoke on how the empowerment of women leads to a better society. If you ask me, John’s got the right idea.
“All men should be feminists. If men care about women’s rights the world will be a better place.”