In a recent interview with Glamour magazine "adorkable" (sorry) pinup Zooey Deschanel proclaimed that she is a feminist. Which as NY Mag pointed out sure does make a swell change from other celebrities saying that they are not, under any circumstances, a feminist (gross, right, hairy).
In the interview Deschanel, who said in response to the criticism she attracts for her girlishness,
"I’m just being myself. There is not an ounce of me that believes any of that crap that they say. We can’t be feminine and be feminists and be successful? I want to be a f--king feminist and wear a f--king Peter Pan collar. So f--king what?"
And you know what? She's so right. As Candice Chung so succinctly pointed out last year, the recent revival of 'girly' pursuits like baking and craft does not signal the end of feminism. Rather, we can be grateful that the continuing fight for feminism allows us to pursue our own path, and create our choices - be they for cross stitch as a pleasurable past time or not.
That said, Deschanel is not to everybody's taste, particularly to women's tastes. As a NY Mag profile of the actress in 2011 pointed out,
"Among women, Deschanel tends to be more polarizing. They either covet her bangs or they resent her for seemingly playing into the male fantasy that women are only attractive when they act like girls."
Even still, just as feminists can be as feminine as they darn well please, feminists don't have to all get along. Disagreeing with other women isn't anti-feminist. Heck, it isn't even anti- being a nice person. It's just life. But, feminism is a broad church and Deschanel had another zinger in the interview that really ought to guarantee her lifelong membership.
As NY Mag noted, Deschanel's response to the dully predictable and very sexist question about having children, was great.
Glamour magazine asked:
Do you want to have kids?
And Deschanel answered:
"That is so personal, and it’s my pet peeve when people press you on it. And it’s always women who get asked! Is anybody saying that to George Clooney?"
Skip on, your adorkable feminist fighter.
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