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Actress and activist Susan Sarandon has told the UK newspaper The Guardian that she no longer identifies as a feminist. The 66-year-old, who has spent years championing women's rights, has said she feels that the word is 'old fashioned.'
'I think of myself as a humanist because I think it's less alienating to people who think of feminism as being a load of strident bitches and because you want everyone to have equal pay, equal rights, education and healthcare.
'It's a bit of an old-fashioned word. It's used more in a way to minimise you. My daughter [Eva Amurri, from Sarandon's relationship with Italian film director Franco Amurri] who is 28, doesn't even relate to the word "feminist" and she is definitely in control of her decisions and her body.'
Oh Susan! This is disheartening. The word 'feminist' may have become a derogatory term among some unenlightened people, but we didn't think that bothered you? Who has changed your mind? We're curious, especially because, as The Daily Beast points out, you campaigned alongside Gloria Steinhem for women's reproductive rights, and you've endorsed the “White Man’s Dick” as a symbol of citizen status in a parody community service announcement to raise awareness for UniteWomen.org.
And! Lest we forget that you starred in Thelma and Louise! An expertly crafted subversion of the road movie with an unmistakable feminist message: fold for the patriarchy or die.
In the same interview, Sarandon has this to say -
You're rumoured to be dating a 33-year-old. Have you learned how not to be a mother in your personal relationships now?
'Figuring out how to hold on to yourself and where the boundaries are is one of the big lessons that women have to learn because we're conditioned by society to act as producers, not to grab power for power's sake. We know how to make people comfortable, how to finish their sentences. So what is difficult as a woman is to stand up for yourself and hurt people's feelings occasionally.'
If that is not a deeply feminist response to an innocuous yet personal question, we'll drive ourselves off a cliff.