Quote of the Day: Joseph Gordon-Levitt on why he’s a feminist

inception-la-premiere-2010-joseph-gordon-levitt-47818Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt is just confused why anyone would be against feminism. He tells The Daily Beast why he’s a feminist:

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 are—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.

In general, I’m not terribly interested in endlessly parsing celebrities’ opinions about feminism, but this is just a really solid response. As he told Ellen awhile back, Gordon-Levitt seems to have had a pretty great feminist teacher in his mom. (Also, I’m definitely hoping he gets a cameo in the eagerly anticipated Magic Mike 2!)

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