Joseph Gordon-Levitt on What It Means For Him to Be a Proud, Male Feminist


Joseph Gordon-Levitt produced a thoughtful video exploring what it means for him to identify as a feminist and the nuances surrounding the label.

“To me it just means that your gender doesn’t have to define who you are,” Gordon-Levitt explains. “That you can be whatever you want to be, whoever you want to be, regardless of your gender.”

Acknowledging feminism’s complexities, the actor goes onto dispel notions positioning feminism as somehow “anti-men” and that the movement might even be old-fashioned.

“The facts are pretty contrary to this, if you actually look at the evidence of salaries vs. salaries for men,” he sayd. “There’s still a definite disparity.”

Earlier this year, Gordon-Levitt first revealed he was a proud feminist on the Ellen Degeneres Show, explaining his mother’s influence on his views of women and gender equality.

“It’s worth paying attention to the roles that are sort of dictated to us and realize that we don’t have to fit into those roles — we can be anybody we want,” he told Degeneres.

Just another reminder to Pharell, boys and girls can both be feminists, too.

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