Ellen Page: Why won't people use the word feminist? WTF?

I love Ellen Page. Anyone in their right mind loves Ellen Page. I mean, just take a gander at this woman’s film resume: Hard Candy, Juno, Inception—Page kicks patriarchy’s butt in every one of her films, and she does it so effortlessly. The vengeful pedophile hunter out for the kill in Hard Candy? Easy. The relentless superhero wannabe in Super? Hell yeah. Kitty Pryde in X-Men: The Last Stand AND the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past? Need I say more?

It’s rare for an actress to defiantly shake their heads at the girlfriend/wife/mother roles Hollywood loves to dole out. Ellen Page knows this. She plays independent, fierce-spirited women who are all quirky as much as they are relatable. It’s even rarer for a celebrity to declare their identity and the image they want to represent within the realms of (GASP) the f-word. Page did this last week when she addressed society’s way too prevalent fear of the word “feminism.”


"I think if you're not from America you read this stuff and you're like, 'What?' But I don't know why people are so reluctant to say they're feminists. Maybe some women just don't care. But how could it be any more obvious that we still live in a patriarchal world when feminism is a bad word?" said Page, who pretty much won “Best Actress Leading a Movement Against Sexism.”

The question Lady Page poses is important, especially when you consider how many current celebrated women have flat-out denied any association with the likes of (OH GOD) feminism. You think Björk likes to be called a feminist? Nope. In our March 2005 issue, she said it would “isolate” herself. How about Lady Gaga? She said "no" because she loves men. Apparently, we’re still the man-hating club.

I’m not here to mock these awesome ladies or question their knowledge. Most of these women are heroes to a lot of people (Björk will forever be my one and only). But Page’s eloquent observation of the “fear of feminism” epidemic is so right, it’s scary. People are afraid of the word because they’re not ready to accept the fact that sexism is alive and well—especially in Hollywood.

When asked about her own encounters with sexism, Page summed it all up: "If you're a girl and you don't fit the very specific vision of what a girl should be, which is always from a man's perspective, then you're a little bit at a loss."

Beyoncé knows this. So do Lady Gaga and Björk. There isn’t a doubt in my mind that they encountered the same types of obstacles Ellen Page experienced. Yet, the reluctance still exists.

I love Ellen Page—for her quick-witted humor and her awesome attitude for feminism—and you should, too!

Source: The Guardian

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