Oh, dear. Salma Hayek, what were you thinking? She was honoured as a women’s rights advocate at Equality Now’s Make Equality Reality event on Monday night in Beverly Hills – makes sense considering how much work she’s done on behalf of women’s and girls’ rights (she co-founded Chime for Change, “a global campaign to convene, unite and strengthen the voices speaking out for girls and women around the world”). However, don’t call her a feminist. That’s a dirty word.
“I am not a feminist,” she said (via People). “If men were going through the things women are going through today, I would be fighting for them with just as much passion. I believe in equality.”
Sigh. Look – I don’t want to argue semantics here. Obviously she’s done a lot of great work on behalf of her gender. But seriously? It’s 2014 and people are STILL afraid to refer to themselves as feminists? What is this world?
I don’t particularly care about referring to myself as a feminist. It’s certainly not something I go around on the streets proclaiming. But if someone asked me about feminism or being a feminist, I certainly wouldn’t recoil like that and start talking about men. Salma’s response shows me that she thinks feminism means anti-men, which… *buzzer* WRONG. It’s funny how someone who seems so enlightened can be so clueless.