Why Anna Kendrick Thinks We Should Stop Being Afraid Of Feminism

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Ah yes, the “F” word. It seems “feminism” has taken over from that OTHER “f” word as a dirty word to utter, except that this one is a little more complex and controversial.

It totally sucks that we live in a day and age where people hate feminism and feminist, and are even fearful of saying the word because they think ALL feminist are victim-blamers, they lie about the wage gap, they hate men, they blame all white men for their problem, bla bla bla.

And yes, there are always a bunch of extreme idiots in ANY movement, group, organization, religion etc that ruin for the majority. So we feel as a website dedicated to positivity, inspiration, gender equality and yes, feminism, we know we can do our part in trying to show what feminism is really about, and how much we NEED men to work alongside us.

If we judged the entire Christian church in America based on the actions of the Westboro Baptist Church’s horrendous actions, we would be doing a great disservice to the rest of the religion and its followers who don’t go around picketing parades and funerals. The same goes for feminism. Let’s stop focusing on the few examples that don’t necessarily exemplify what the movement stand for, and get on with find solutions to make this world a more equal place.

‘Into the Woods’ and ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ actress Anna Kendrick shared her views on feminism in an interview with The Daily Beast, and couldn’t believe there was so much negativity surrounding the word. When she was asked her opinion on how Time magazine suggested banning the word “feminism” in 2015, she was surprised, as it was the first time she heard about it.

“For real? Ugh. That’s a fucking bummer,” she said.

Although it seems unreal that she hadn’t heard of the controversy before, it’s actually kinda cool to see a girl who believes in the real cause of feminism and doesn’t concern herself with the trivial stupidity that surrounds the movement. Anna believes we need to stop getting caught up in labels and misnomers.

“It’s hard because words confuse me sometimes. There isn’t a word for a member of an ethnic minority who is pro equal rights for all races, but there is a word for gender equality—and that’s feminism. It’s a very female-centric word. I understand that the implication is that ‘I’m a woman who supports women” and not “I’m a person who supports gender equality’,” she said.

“I feel like the word can be appropriated by the wrong people for that reason and misinterpreted by those people, but you just have to fight back and own that word. It’s practically become a curse word. Somebody says, ‘Oh, you’re being such a feminist,’ and you’re supposed to be like, ‘No I’m not.’ Why are we afraid of that word? It exists and we can’t get rid of it, so let’s fight for it and embrace it. That is truly a bummer.”

Yup, it is a bummer, but the more there is hatred and discord between men and women, we have a duty to also speak just as loud and say what we’re really fighting for.

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We don’t have to look far to see where modern feminism may have gone wrong. In a recent speech, humanitarian and activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali called bullshit on some of the things done in the name of feminism.

“Feminists used to fight for the access for girls to education,” she said. “They used to fight for the recognition of girls as fellow human beings and recognition of their personal liberty.”

“I condemn whole-heartedly the trivial bullshit it is to go after a man who makes a scientific breakthrough and all that we as women do is to fret about his shirt?” she went on to say, referring to the controversy generated by the shirt featuring cartoons of scantily-clad women worn by the British Rosetta scientist Matt Taylor who helped land a robot on a comet.

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Granted, the idea was to speak up about misogyny and sexism, but the whole execution could’ve been handled better. How about, instead of railing against the scientist, who ended up breaking down in tears in an apology, we express our thoughts and leave the onus on the other person to change their perspective, and spend more of our energy on the positive things. Yes, we need to call out injustice, but in the grand scheme of things, wearing an inappropriate shirt is not the same as committing violent acts against women.

There are a tonne of incredible important things feminists are fighting for, whether it be in America (thanks Geena Davis Institute!) or abroad (the UK doctor who quit her job to start a flying doctor service in Nigeria) and these are the stories that deserve just as much media coverage and social media energy.

It’s a two-fold mandate: we need to re-focus on what we are fighting for with modern day feminism, and we also need to remember the bigger picture and pick our battles. If we ever want to have our voices and opinions heard, we need to make sure we say what’s on our mind in a way that communicated the message, not just the anger.

Anna is right, we do need to fight for the word and reclaim what feminism means. 2014 was a breakout year for feminists and feminism, let’s capitalize on this notoriety in a positive empowering way so that it is taken seriously, it is respected, and never ever ends up on a “banned words” list ever again. Even as a joke.

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