Sarah Jessica Parker is making a comeback with her new HBO show, Divorce. In so doing, she’s bound to attract some controversy by saying that while she believes in equality, but that she doesn’t consider herself a feminist.
In a cover story for Marie Claire magazine, the feminist question somehow comes up, with Parker giving a somewhat confusing answer:
“I am not a feminist. I don’t think I qualify. I believe in women and I believe in equality, but I think there is so much that needs to be done that I don’t even want to separate it anymore. I’m so tired of separation. I just want people to be treated equally.”
Well, maybe gender equality needs to be singled out from time to time in order for people to pay attention to actually achieving it. This is something that Parker seems to understand, when she says that the gender pay gap (“nonsense,” she calls it) to end, and when she praises Emma Watson and Jennifer Lawrence for speaking out about equality. It kind of renders her answer to the feminist question meaningless, as far as I’m concerned.
Feminism is such a hot topic, not only just in general, but when it comes to celebrities, these days. It’s understandable how journalists would ask this question of their subjects at first, but now it just seems like a way to drum up publicity, whether the celebrity says yes or no. And it’s worth wondering why male celebrities don’t get asked this question. Maybe Parker is pointing to that fatigue with her answer as well.
(Via Marie Claire)