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For Your Information: Shailene Woodley Explains Why She’s Not a Feminist

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Because there's nothing better than hearing the uninformed opinion of a young performer on a thorny, complex topic such as feminism, TIME Magazine decided to chat with Divergent star Shailene Woodley about her feminist principles — or lack thereof. 

Unlike fellow celebs Beyonce, Lena Dunham, Miley Cyrus, et al., Woodley does not identify as a feminist, chiefly because she doesn't really seem to understand what "feminism" means. She tells TIME

"I love men, and I think the idea of ‘raise women to power, take the men away from the power’ is never going to work out because you need balance. With myself, I’m very in touch with my masculine side. And I’m 50 percent feminine and 50 percent masculine, same as I think a lot of us are. And I think that is important to note. And also I think that if men went down and women rose to power, that wouldn’t work either. We have to have a fine balance."

Totally. Feminism is not a movement championing equality for women in an often sexist, historically patriarchal world, it is a system of belief dedicated to oppressing and imprisoning men for the sake of female supremacy. Glad we've cleared that up. Can someone please call Gloria Steinem


Related: Alanis Morissette: Until Patriarchy Ends, Feminism Is Still Mandatory (But So Is Integrating Our Masculine and Feminine Parts)