Asking celebrities whether or not they are feminists, one of our more baffling national pastimes, often yields some pretty unsatisfying results. But not all the time! For example, in a recent interview with the Daily Beast, Joseph Gordon-Levitt had some great stuff to say.

When asked about being a feminist and what he thinks of "young stars who are coming out against being labeled" as such, he responded:

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 areβ€”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.

Two points: 1. This is very great and right-on, and 2. I would love to dwell in a blissful realm in which I'm unaware of people not wanting to be labeled as feminist.


ALSO: BONUS: In the same interview β€” because he would like to leave us myriad verbal gifts, I guess β€” Gordon-Levitt talks about doing a film remake of Guys and Dolls with Channing Tatum and reveals that he calls him "Chan" (!!!!):

Chan and I really want to do a musical together, and for a second there we were talking about Guys and Dolls, but we talked about a lot of different ideas of how to do a musical together.

Petition to have Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Chan adapt A Vindication of the Rights of Women into a movie musical.


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