When most people (read: Republicans) think of feminsim, they undoubtedly conjure up an image of a hairy, bra-less, au naturale mega beast that uses every public outing to preach about women’s rights and the like. Thankfully, Zooey Deschanel has come up with the perfect analysis of the crazy conundrum surrounding modern-day feminism and shares them in the February issue of Glamour magazine:
I’m just being myself. There is not an ounce of me that believes any of that crap that they say. We can’t be feminine and be feminists and be successful? I want to be a fucking feminist and wear a fucking Peter Pan collar. So fucking what?
I’m not a religious woman, but my first reaction to this statement was “Can I get an A-MEN?” I fucking love fucking Peter Pan collars! I shave my arm pits and put on makeup and wear a bra (at least until I get home from work, then I happily free-boob it the rest of the day), but that doesn’t mean I don’t identify with or actively support feminism. Huzzah! Someone finally said it out loud. So many famous women shy away from the ideology of feminism as if it’s got the worst case of cooties in your preschool class. Don’t believe me? Read this. And this.
She also went on to express her frustration with the unhealthy weight standards Hollywood actresses make themselves live up to.
Women I admired growing up— Debra Winger, Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep—were all beautiful and thin, but not too thin. There are a lot of actresses who are unhealthy-skinny—much, much too skinny. I’m a very small person, and if I lost 15 pounds, I’d look like them; it’s scary. For young girls, what does that say? You need to look this way to be successful? That’s not true. You do not need to look or be anorexic to be successful in Hollywood. The range of what’s acceptable is larger than what people believe.
Honestly, I always appreciate it when a successful, down-to-earth female celebrity gets real about the weight issue in Hollywood. I do. But sometimes I find it difficult to take seriously because it’s usually always women who are also very thin and attractive who talk about it. Though I do wish this was a conversation that happened more often and that more famous women had Zooey’s courage to be honest.
In other news, why isn’t there a “fucking Peter Pan collar” meme yet?