Shailene Woodley is changing her tune.
The “Adrift” star, 26, made headlines a few years back when she said that she did not consider herself a feminist.
“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,” she told Time in 2014. “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.”
She reaffirmed her beliefs a year later when she told Nylon that she still didn’t believe in the word.
“The reason why I don’t like to say that I am a feminist or I am not a feminist is because to me it’s still a label,” Woodley mused. “I do not want to be defined by one thing. Why do we have to have that label to divide us? We should all be able to embrace one another regardless of our belief system and regardless of the labels that we have put upon ourselves.”
Now, however, the “Fault in Our Stars” actress is ready to call herself a feminist.
“You know, feminism has had so many forms over its many, many decades of being around. To me, I say today that I resonate as a feminist,” she declared to Vulture. “But take that word out of it — a word is a word, a movement is a movement — practice and action are what actually makes a difference.
“So I can call myself a feminist all day long. Or I can say I’m not a feminist all day long,” she continued. “But if my daily interaction with the world is taking steps to uplift, empower — not only women, but also men in their relationships with women, and women and their relationships with men, and women to women, and improving sisterhood with women, and changing our judicial system to reflect that which society is asking for — that, to me, is where my greatest interest lies.”
Woodley seemed to admit defeat in fighting the term, explaining that it can also act “as a tool just for means of other people understanding who you are.”
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