Amy Poehler doing what she does best. Photo: Time Out New York
We've had Susan Sarandon saying she wasn't one, Ellen Page bemoaning why more women didn't call themselves one, so why not make it a hat trick this week and include Amy Poehler's thoughts and feelings on being a feminist from an interview she did with Time Out New York? We've bolded Feminist for you. You're welcome.
Time Out New York: Both Smart Girls and Ask Amy are about empowering young women, and feminism informs so much of what you do. Has that always been your intention?
'It’s always just been in my nature—it’s just kind of my everyday. Sometimes I access it in a conscious way, but it wasn’t always the headline of stuff that I was doing. We just had Gloria Steinem do ASSSSCAT, which was so great. [Musician and activist] Kathleen Hanna came, and I’m just a huge Kathleen Hanna fan. She, for me, was closer in age and a practicing and working feminist, at the time, that I related to. When I was in my late twenties and thirties, there were these amazing female musicians, like PJ Harvey and Björk and Kim Gordon.… These musicians are all still around, but, I mean, they were the most popular musicians! Just constant, really interesting women; sex wasn’t their currency, but they were really sexy and sexual. I gave you a long-winded answer. [Laughs]
'So the answer is: Yes, I consider myself a feminist, and it informs my work only in that it’s just who I am, in the same way that I’m a woman, or I’m 5'2" or whatever. I was lucky that I came through a system that had many people who did much more hard work and road-clearing before I got there.'
For the full, completely delightful interview, go here