The young actor confirmed his belief in the equality of the sexes.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt made headlines in January when he said in an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that he "absolutely" considers himself a feminist. It's refreshing to see a young star embrace the f-word so enthusiastically. The actor recently elaborated on his thoughts in an interview with the Daily Beast.
In the interview, the actor confirmed his commitment to the label, expressing shock that there are some stars today who publicly distance themselves from the idea (Taylor Swift comes to mind.) Gordon-Levitt gave credit for his belief in the equality of the sexes to his parents, who are both educators.
Perhaps there is a change of heart coming through the entertainment industry when it comes to embracing the feminist label. Stars from Miley Cyrus to Beyonce have recently come out in interviews as believers. The latter even went so far as to include a definition of the term in her song "Flawless," using an excerpt from Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's impassioned TEDxEuston talk, "We should all be feminists".
So how does Gordon-Levitt explain the word?
"However you want to define yourself, you can do that and should be able to do that," he said in his interview with the Daily Beast. "No category ever really describes a person because every person is unique."
He believes in the importance of looking at how gender roles are imposed on us, which was how he viewed his role in the recent film Don Jon.
He goes on to cite the history of injustices women have faced and how it has hurt society as a whole. To Gordon-Levitt, everyone wins if people have equal access to opportunities, not just women.
"It benefits society as a whole," he said.
Well said... and we obviously agree!