6 Famous Women Who Say They’re Not Feminists

A number of famous women have shied away from identifying as feminists, but they’re not anti-lady. Instead, many of them seem to associate feminism with man-hating and passing judgement.

1. Melissa Leo

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The actress told Salon recently:

“I don’t think of myself as a feminist at all. As soon as we start labeling and categorizing ourselves and others, that’s going to shut down the world. I would never say that.”

Leo said she felt feminists might be judgmental about doing certain kinds of sex scenes:

“I have to go at things without judgment, and that is part of my upbringing, and who I am and the time I was brought up in the world.”

2. Lady Gaga

When an interviewer asked Gaga if she thought her overt sexuality might distract fans from her music, she said no, pointing out it’s unlikely a male rockstar would be asked that same question. But then, when asked if she was a feminist, she said she wasn’t, seeming conflate feminism with a distaste for stereotypically male pastimes:

“I’m not a feminist — I hail men, I love men. I celebrate American male culture and beer and bars and muscle cars.”

3. Gwyneth Paltrow

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In a February 2012 interview with Harper’s Bazaar Paltrow reasoned that “compromise” and “being a wife” meant feminist activist Gloria Steinem wouldn’t approve:

“I gave advice to a girl friend who is an actress and in a new relationship with someone else with a big career, and I said this may not be feminist, but you have to compromise. It’s been all about you and you’re a big deal. And if you want what you’re saying you want — a family — you have to be a wife, and that is part of the equation. Gloria Steinem may string me up by my toes, but all I can do is my best, and I can do only what works for me and my family.”

4. Marissa Mayer

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In an interview the AOL/PBS series “Makers,” which profiles powerful women, the new Yahoo CEO said:

“I don’t think that I would consider myself a feminist. I think that I certainly believe in equal rights, I believe that women are just as capable, if not more so in a lot of different dimensions, but I don’t, I think have, sort of, the militant drive and the sort of, the chip on the shoulder that sometimes comes with that. And I think it’s too bad, but I do think that feminism has become in many ways a more negative word.”

5. Björk

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In a 2005 interview with Bust magazine, Icelandic singer Björk said she didn’t identify as a feminist, “Because I think it would isolate me. I think it’s important to do positive stuff. It’s more important to be asking than complaining.”

She added: “You could probably call my mother a feminist, and I watched her isolate herself all her life from men, and therefore from society.”

6. Demi Moore

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Moore played a female executive struggling to break through a glass ceiling in the 2007 film Flawless, but when speaking about the role she said:

“I am a great supporter of women, but I have never really thought of myself as a feminist, probably more of a humanist because I feel like that’s really where we need to be.”

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