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.