“…In an era when multiple high-profile celebrities have publicly distanced themselves from the “feminist” label, Gordon-Levitt’s consistent and enthusiastic embrace of the “f-word” should be required reading. As the actor noted in an interview with the Daily Beast published on Thursday:
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.
He goes on to say that yes, he absolutely considers himself a feminist: “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.
The interview highlights the young actor’s already deep understanding of not just feminism as a concept, but the feminist movement as a whole, a viewpoint that has been distressingly absent in interviews withother celebrities.
Lady Gaga, for example, once said that she wasn’t a feminist because she “[hails] men, [loves] men, [celebrates] male culture, and beer, and muscle cars.” Kelly Clarkson, whose ballads are consistently empowering for women in girls, noted that she wouldn’t call herself a feminist because “when people hear feminist, it’s like, ‘Get out of my way, I don’t need anyone.’ I love that I’m being taken care of and I have a man that’s a leader. I’m not a feminist in that sense.” And who can forget Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, who said that she wouldn’t consider herself a feminist because she doesn’t have the “militant drive … that comes with that.” And the list goes on…”