Lately, there’s been a lot of talk in the media about feminism. First, there is this whole women who don’t think they need feminism shit, then we have a lot of idiot celebrities (sadly all female) who claim to not be feminists, nor do they understand what the word actually means (*cough* Katy Perry *cough*).
However, there are some badass celebs who proudly announce they’re lady love and pride, mostly recently Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who explained why he’s a feminist on “Ellen” (a clip that’s gone viral). Here are 12 super cool celebrities, like JGL, who happily wave their feminist flags.
This clip of JGL on “Ellen” explaining how his mama raised him right and why he’s a feminist basically made him exponentially more attractive than he already is. If all men thought like this can you imagine what kind of world we’d live in?!
Some people have complained that Beyonce’s most recent album is too sexual, but I think that those people are idiots. Beyonce’s self-titled album has become a notorious feminist album with Beyonce singing about loving having sex with her husband, wanting to get married, being jealous, feeling the weight of our societies beauty expectations on women, the joys of motherhood, getting married but still being a top bad bitch, and, of course, waking up like this.
In the song “Bow Down/Flawless”, she sample’s Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s feminist speech which sums up my own personal feminist beliefs perfectly:
We teach girls to shrink themselves
To make themselves smaller
We say to girls
“You can have ambition
But not too much
You should aim to be successful
But not too successful
Otherwise you will threaten the man”
Because I am female
I am expected to aspire to marriage
I am expected to make my life choices
Always keeping in mind that
Marriage is the most important
Now marriage can be a source of
Joy and love and mutual support
But why do we teach to aspire to marriage
And we don’t teach boys the same?
We raise girls to each other as competitors
Not for jobs or for accomplishments
Which I think can be a good thing
But for the attention of men
We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings
In the way that boys are
Feminist: the person who believes in the social
Political, and economic equality of the sexes
“I’m not ashamed to dress “like a woman” because I don’t think it’s shameful to be a woman.”
– Iggy Pop
Pink is a stand out Pop feminist who gives no fucks about what people think of her and has frequently called out the music industry and their beauty standards, which she refuses to go by even after all these years. She is strong and fearless and continuously herself, which is pretty badass.
Evan Rachel Wood
Evan Rachel Wood is incredibly honest and fearless about herself and her sexuality, but I think she became a total badass feminist when she took to Twitter to call out the MPAA for editing some of the sexual scenes in her film “Charlie Countrymen”:
This isn’t the first time the MPAA has pulled some shit like this. A few years ago, they demanded that “Blue Valentine” get a NC17 rating because there was a scene of Ryan Gosling performing oral sex on Michelle Williams, which she was enjoying. Yet, back when I was 13 I was able to go see “Any Given Sunday” with no problems (it was rated PG-13) even though it showed male full frontal nudity and a graphic close up shot of Elizabeth Berkley’s vagina. Yeah, make sense of that shit.
Pharrell Williams is already one of the coolest fucking celebrities on the planet, but his stance on women’s rights and feminism makes him just that much cooler:
I’d love to see a woman run the country. Historically this world has been run by a man, and what would a world be like if 75 percent of our world leaders and prime ministers were female? What would that world be like? We do not know because we haven’t given it a shot. We’re too busy telling them what they can or can’t do with their bodies.
In the past few years, Lena Dunham has become a pretty big feminist icon. She proudly flaunts the fact that she doesn’t and never will fit Hollywood’s standards of beauty, while also writing, directing, and starring in her own hit series which honestly portrays, flaws and all, what it’s like to be a 20-something female.
Dunham has also said some pretty smart shit about this stupid women who don’t need feminism fad:
Women saying ‘I’m not a feminist’ is my greatest pet peeve. Do you believe that women should be paid the same for doing the same jobs? Do you believe that women should be allowed to leave the house? Do you think that women and men both deserve equal rights? Great, then you’re a feminist. People think there is something taboo about speaking up for feminism. I know for a long time that I was embarrassed to call out misogyny because I was then going to be that complaining girl who can’t let it go. But the fact is, we can’t let it go – not until we feel like we have been heard.
John Legend is a mega hunk who sings great songs, loves his wife and mom, and is an outspoken feminist. Almost too perfect, right?
All men should be feminists. If men care about women’s rights, the world will be a better place. We are better off when women are empowered –- it leads to a better society.
Smart and attractive and talented? John Legend is basically the best.
Joss Whedon is probably my favourite person on this list because he gave me “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer”, one of the best feminist television shows EVER, and also my all-time favourite show that kind of defined me as a person. I re-watch the entire series once a year since it ended so yeah, Joss is kind of a big deal to me. He’s also a really cool hardcore feminist:
If you’re someone who geniunally believes that women don’t deserve or aren’t as much as men, you’re like the plague. On the big history chart, you’re the plague….It’s just pointless and deadly.
I start thinking about the fact that we have this word when we’re thinking about race that says we have evolved beyond something and we don’t really have this word for gender. Now you could argue sexism, but I’d say that’s a little specific. People feel removed from sexism. “I’m not a sexist, but I’m not a feminist.” They think there’s this fuzzy middle ground. There’s no fuzzy middle ground. You either believe that women are people or you don’t. It’s that simple.
Brilliantly said, Joss. But my all-time favourite feminist Joss Whedon quote? When someone asked him “So, why do you write these strong female character?” His response? “Because you’re still asking me that question.”
Dustin Hoffman didn’t fully realize that he was a feminist until after he did the movie “Tootsie” and began to understand the terrible beauty standards society puts on women. I don’t overly think that we should congratulate men for realizing that sexism exists, but I do think it’s significant when a prominent male celebrity addresses it and admits he’s been a dick in the past:
Ellen Page just recently came out, making her one of the coolest lesbians in Hollywood, but long before that she was one of their coolest feminists, because unlike celebs such as Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, and Carrie Underwood, she has no shame is admitting she’s a feminist:
Feminism always gets associated with being a radical movement – good. It should be.
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. There are moments when you are, um, encouraged to dress a certain way. But I can’t. It just erodes my soul. That’s no criticism to girls who can wear a tiny dress and kill it – that’s awesome. People always attribute being a feminist to hating girls being sexual, and that’s not it at all. I’m just not into it.
Get it, girl.
Aside from being the cutest bffs on the planet with Sir Ian McKellan AND being the coolest Star Trek captain ever, Patrick Stewart is also a super outspoken feminist who actively fights against domestic violence towards women, which he calls “the greatest human rights violation”:
The notion that men are the ones who can make the difference, it appears to be quite original – as you’re aware, it’s always been looked on as a woman’s problem, a woman’s issue, domestic violence. Well, my own experience as a child, showed me that no it’s not, my mother was a victim. It was not something that she could control. The only thing that she could control was by leaving, walking out, and for someone in the kind of society we were growing up in, that was not an option. It’s men who have to learn the different behavior and its men – as someone said very, very forcefully on Friday morning – in the same way that it was white men confronting white men in issues of civil rights in the United States, it needs to be men confronting men in the same way, on the issues of domestic violence.