We talk a lot about the gender wage gap here, and that has a lot to do with feminism. Shailene Woodley doesn’t seem to care about all that. The nymph who eats clay, eschews shampoo and suns her vagina, has come out against feminism. Why? Because Woodley clearly has no idea what feminism is.
In an interview with Time magazine about The Fault in Our Stars, Woodley issued a clearly uninformed response when asked whether or not she’s a feminist:
TIME: You’ve talked about before—with Divergent specifically, too—about being conscious of the kind of messages that you’re sending to young female fans when you’re taking on roles. Do you consider yourself a feminist?
Shailene Woodley: No because I love men, and I think the idea of ‘raise women to power, take the men away from the power’ is never going to work out because you need balance. With myself, I’m very in touch with my masculine side. And I’m 50 percent feminine and 50 percent masculine, same as I think a lot of us are. And I think that is important to note. And also I think that if men went down and women rose to power, that wouldn’t work either. We have to have a fine balance. My biggest thing is really sisterhood more than feminism. I don’t know how we as women expect men to respect us because we don’t even seem to respect each other. There’s so much jealousy, so much comparison and envy. And “This girl did this to me and that girl did that to me.” And it’s just so silly and heartbreaking in a way. It’s really neat to see: there’s that new Judd Apatow [sic] movie coming out, The Other Woman, and that looks really good because I think it’s really neat that it shows women coming together and supporting each other and creating a sisterhood of support for one another versus hating each other for something that somebody else created.
Most people who read or vote or have the capacity to look up words in a dictionary know that the definition of feminism is the belief that women should be equal to men. That balance she wants? That’s feminism. It’s pretty tragic that someone with a voice as powerful and as broadly heard as Woodley is sending such a confused and contradictory message to the girls and young women who look up to her. Yeah, sisterhood is great. But knowledge and things like the ability to vote and own property and get an education? Those are a little better, and they shouldn’t be mutually exclusive.