August 25, 2014

Let's Hear It For the Man? Joseph Gordon-Levitt comes out as feminist, internet loses its collective mind

In a surprising break from the tradition of shirking the feminist label, Joseph Gordon-Levitt publicly donned the title, giving an enlightening view of the concept.

Here's the quote:
I read that you consider yourself a “male feminist,” and you credit your parents who are educators and really taught you about the history of feminism. But nowadays, you have a lot of young stars coming out against being labeled a feminist. 
Coming out against the label? Wow. I guess I’m not aware of that. What that 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.
Before we get started, let me say, I love this whole quote, and I am glad Joseph said it. I love Joseph, for the record, having grown up an avid 3rd Rock from the Sun fan.

I'm glad, but I'm also tired. I'm so tired of it being applauded every time a celebrity says what so many feminists everywhere are already saying. Is this thing on? *taps mic*

It's like they say something reasonable, and everyone sits up and goes, "Hey, you know what? There really are reasonable feminists out there. See this guy? He's famous...and reasonable."

Which leaves me going, "Ya think?"

 I am quite ready for the day when people realize that most feminists are completely reasonable and rational. Like any group of diverse individuals, we have our louder members, our quieter members, and our downright crazies. We have our cliques. It's the nature of humanity, the constant flux of us versus them.

But on the whole, it's reasonable. It's rational. It's enlightened.

And yet, it takes celebrities saying what so many are already saying to make people take notice.

What the fuck? Is this thing on? No, seriously. *taps mic*

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