Daniel Radcliffe, Feminist Hero, Slams The Sexualization Of Girls In Film

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We live in an age where sexualizing women and girls is a normal thing. Women being valued according to their level of sexuality is seen as an acceptable measurement, and it is fueled in a big way by the media and film. When audiences are so used to seeing female characters as the lover, the mistress, the sex symbol, or largely without their clothes on in an effort to attract more movie-goers (because apparently women fully clothed being normal complex beings isn’t “entertaining” enough) we have this enormous trickle-down effect in society where young girls feel their worth is based solely on how they look.

So what do men think about this vicious cycle women often fall prey to? A good person to ask would be British actor Daniel Radcliffe who told the Associated Press in an interview exactly what he thinks about this issue.

He was promoting his latest film ‘Horns’ which definitely involves a heavy dose of the supernatural, but is a huge departure from ‘Harry Potter’.

AP spoke to him about being thought of as an “unconventional male lead” and a “sex symbol” because he is best known for his title role in the aforementioned Harry Potter film franchise where he plays a boy wizard, the furthest thing from anything sexy.

His response was a feminist’s dream, and reiterated that this guy is a lot smarter than we all give him credit for.

“Around the time of rom com ‘What If’ coming out, a lot of people were saying: ‘You’re really an unconventional romantic lead’. And so eventually I got bored of hearing that and kind of picked someone up on it, so I was like ‘What about me is unconventional, exactly? Like, tell me.’ And she said, ‘Well, I think it’s probably the fact that you know, we associated you with playing Harry, the young boy wizard.'”

Here’s how he replied: “My immediate response to that was: ‘Well, the male population had no problem sexualizing Emma Watson immediately,'” he said.

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While we aren’t under any illusions that men on screen are sexualized on a regular basis, they aren’t usually younger or underage men. Men are not sexualized anywhere near the brevity women in Hollywood are, and it is important men like Daniel speak out and challenge the norms.

In an interview a few months ago Daniel spoke more about his feminist leanings and even admitted there needs to be more women in top positions in Hollywood.

“On more than one film I’ve persuaded people to build up the female roles. There are certainly more female writers now than there were but the fact remains, most female parts are written by men. At least there are so many more female directors, producers and directors of photography [DOP] now. I hope the film industry is becoming a lot more balanced.”

He also spoke about his desire to do more directing in the future and of course, feminism.

“Well, I think I’m a feminist, just by the virtue of the fact that I believe in equal rights for everyone.”

As for his latest movie ‘Horns’, he wants all his ‘Harry Potter’ fans and critics alike to know that it is not fair for his every role to be measured alongside the popular series based on the books by J.K.Rowling. It’s interesting to hear him express this sentiment, and we think his experience of being typecast as the boy wizard goes a long way to empathizing with women who are sidelined or not given fair chances because of their gender.

Hey Daniel, we are fans of all your work on screen, and more than that, we love that you are joining the ever-growing list of men in Hollywood who believe feminism and equality are things that concern all of us and can’t continue to be ignored.

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