facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Joseph Gordon-Levitt 'absolutely' considers himself feminist

"However you want to define yourself, you can do that and should be able to do that," the actor says.
By Annie Martin   |   Aug. 15, 2014 at 11:43 AM   |   Comments

1 of 7
| License Photo
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Joseph Gordon-Levitt has reiterated his support of feminism.

The 33-year-old actor detailed his beliefs in an interview with The Daily Beast published Thursday. Gordon-Levitt was surprised to hear many young stars reject being labeled a feminist, and declared again he would "absolutely" call himself one.

"What that means to me is that you don't let your gender define who you are," he shared.

"You can be who you want to be, whether you're a man, a woman, a boy, a girl, whatever. However you want to define yourself, you can do that and should be able to do that, and no category every really describes a person because every person is unique. That, to me, is what 'feminism' means."

"If you look at history, women are an oppressed category of people," he related.

"There's a long, long history of women suffering abuse, injustice, and not having the same opportunities as men, and I think that's been very detrimental to the human race as a whole. I'm a believer that if everyone has a fair chance to be what they want to be and do what they want to do, it's better for everyone. It benefits society as a whole."

Gordon-Levitt also spoke about his upcoming role in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. The actor will portray Johnny in the sequel, a cocky gambler who plots to bring down the villainous Senator Roark (Powers Boothe). The movie opens in theaters August 22.

Follow @littlemannie and @UPI on Twitter.
© 2014 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Renee Zellweger responds to criticism of her new look Renee Zellweger responds to criticism of her new look
2
Catherine O'Hara, Eugene Levy to star on 'Schitt's Creek' Catherine O'Hara, Eugene Levy to star on 'Schitt's Creek'
3
Brantley Gilbert engaged to 'hometown girl' Brantley Gilbert engaged to 'hometown girl'
4
Renee Zellweger looks unrecognizable at red carpet event Renee Zellweger looks unrecognizable at red carpet event
5
Frankie Grande to star in 'Rock of Ages' on Broadway Frankie Grande to star in 'Rock of Ages' on Broadway
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback