Joseph Gordon-Levitt Is Very Proud To Be A Feminist


Singer Lana Del Rey may have NO interest at all in feminism but actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, on the contrary, is happy to let any and everyone know that he is a very proud feminist. Earlier this year, JGL gave an interview to Ellen DeGeneres where he proclaimed to be a feminist but in a new interview with The Daily Beast, he reiterates what it means to him to be a feminist and why he is proud to be one. Click below to read JGL’s thoughts on being a feminist.

The Daily Beast: I read that you consider yourself a “male feminist,” and you credit your parents who are educators and really taught you about the history of feminism. But nowadays, you have a lot of young stars coming out against being labeled a feminist.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Coming out against the label? Wow. I guess I’m not aware of that. What [feminism] 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.

As if the guy wasn’t swoon-worthy enough already, sheesh. Yes, he is very good looking and yes he is a very talented actor but when you add intelligence into the mix, forgetaboutit. To me, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is one of those guys that everyone loves. And when he opens up his mouth and says these sorts of things, it’s very easy to see why. Love him.


  • DC

    oh gosh just fell more in love

  • janaegal

    He could get it.

  • OG Emily

    Though his definition is a wee bit off base (it’s about equality regardless of gender, not be-who-you-want-to-be) but I’m still ok with it because it’s refreshing to hear a young man say it and in so doing taking away a little stigma.
    I am a white woman, and I was talking with a black male friend about who has it worse in society. We decided that if you go by the history books, women have it worse than black males because black males were given the right to vote first. If you go by economics, women have it worse than black males because we get paid less almost 25% less than males. If you go by violence, black males have it very bad, but so do women (we decided it was a draw there). So to sum up, we need more men thinking like JGL.

  • Alecia

    I know he’s taken but does he have any like minded friends, body doubles, cousins, impersonators anywhere? Hook a sister up!