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Shailene Woodley Says She’s Not a Feminist Because “You Need Balance”

Shailene Woodley Says She's Not a Feminist Because "You Need Balance"

Shailene Woodley is a pretty amazing quote generator (her Earth Mama comments about foraging in the woods and making her own lotions have inspired numerous listicles and clickbait fodder), and now she’s said a few things to TIME about, as they call it, the “F” word. That would be feminism. 

Woodley’s not into it, and she doesn’t consider herself a feminist because: “I love men, and I think the idea of ‘raise women to power,
take the men away from the power’ is never going to work out because you need
balance.”

Now, many consider themselves to be feminists for the very reason that “you need balance,” but ah well. Though Woodley doesn’t identify as a feminist, she is pro-sisterhood:

“My biggest thing is really sisterhood more than feminism. I
don’t know how we as women expect men to respect us because we don’t even seem
to respect each other. There’s so much jealousy, so much comparison and envy.”

She has a valid point that women can very much perpetuate misogyny. But should this simple fact keep women from expecting respect from men? While you meditate on that one, here’s the exchange between Woodley and TIME about “The Other Woman,” which received pretty dismal reviews but was nonetheless the box office champ two weekends ago:

Shailene Woodley: It’s really neat to see: there’s that new
Judd Apatow [sic] movie coming out, The Other Woman, and that looks really good
because I think it’s really neat that it shows women coming together and
supporting each other and creating a sisterhood of support for one another
versus hating each other for something that somebody else created.

TIME: So even though what they’re coming together for is to
bring down a man…

SW: Yeah, but they create a sisterhood. And he did something
wrong, and they’re, you know. They’re going to go after him for it. I think
it’s great.

Meanwhile, here’s our TOH! Career Watch assessment of Woodley, who’s got her second YA buzzy title of the year coming up, “The Fault in Our Stars,” following March’s solid “Divergent.”

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