Joseph Gordon-Levitt has referred to himself as a male feminist before (lower your hackles), but in a recent interview with The Daily Beast ahead of his upcoming film Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, he was surprised to learn of celebrities (usually women) who specifically claimed that they did not identify as feminists.
Coming out against the label? Wow. I guess I’m not aware of that. What [feminism] means to me is that you don’t let your gender define who you are — you can be who you want to be, whether you’re 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, I’d absolutely call myself a feminist. And if you look at history, women are an oppressed category of people. There’s a long, long history of women suffering abuse, injustice, and not having the same opportunities as men, and I think that’s been very detrimental to the human race as a whole. I’m a believer that if everyone has a fair chance to be what they want to be and do what they want to do, it’s better for everyone. It benefits society as a whole.
So, to recap: not only does he essentially position himself under the pretty radical umbrella of “you do you, boo” feminism, but he also acknowledges that women are systematically oppressed by men based on their gender? IS SOMEBODY ACKNOWLEDGING THE EXISTENCE OF THE PATRIARCHY? Are #WomenAgainstFeminism hissing in their corner of Tumblr right now, devastated that their once-dreamboat has no interest in subjugating them?!
Whatever. Everything is beautiful, nothing hurts, and we’re all just Emma Watsoning like: