Divergent Star Shailene Woodley Explains Why She isn’t a Feminist

In a new interview for the April issue of NYLON Magazine, Divergent star Shailene Woodley opened up about why she doesn’t consider herself a feminist, and rejects the modern feminist movement.

“The reason why I don’t like to say that I am a feminist or I am not a feminist is because to me it’s still a label. I do not want to be defined by one thing. Why do we have to have that label to divide us? We should all be able to embrace one another regardless of our belief system and regardless of the labels that we have put upon ourselves.”

NYLON/Hilary Walsh
NYLON/Hilary Walsh

Preach! I’m sick and tired of modern feminist like Lena Dunham who are constantly complaining because of females who reject the notion of being a feminist. As a 21-year-old woman, I don’t want special treatment because I have lady parts. Equality between genders can easily be achieved by mutual respect, not by demonizing men because they’ve historically played a greater role in society.

Want to be a female CEO making as much as a male CEO? Kick butt, get a degree, work your way up the ladder, and prove you are equally as educated, capable, and worthy of the position.

Shortly before the release of her 2014 hit film The Fault in Our Stars, Shailene did an interview with TIME and talked about not being a feminist for the first time. Why isn’t she a feminist?

“Because I love men, and I think the idea of ‘raise women to power, take the men away from the power’ is never going to work out well because you need balance.”

Groundbreaking, right? It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that demanding equal treatment by oppressing the gender who you accuse of oppressing you is slightly hypocritical. But we all know that the second a man tries to stand up and point that out, he’s going to be attacked by the army of feminist waiting for him to open his mouth as nothing more than a silly misogynist who needs to take a seat.

Peronsally, I’m glad to see a young star in Hollywood who isn’t afraid to point out the hypocracy of modern feminist. Shailene Woodley is a far greater role model to myself and other young women than Lena Dunham and her ilk will ever be. Instead of moping around complaining about men all the time, Woodley has earned the respect of both men and women because of the hardwork and dedication she puts into each of her films.

“She’s really something, that girl.” -George Clooney on Shailene Woodley.

At only 23-years-old, Woodley has gone from the star of ABC Family’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager for 5 seasons to landing the lead role in huge blockbuster movies like the Divergent series and John Green’s hit The Fault in Our Stars, while also staring in a string of indie films including The Descendants with George Clooney, The Spectacular Now alongside Miles Teller, and the daughter of Eva Green in White Bird in a Blizzard. Oh yeah, she’s also been nominated for something called an Oscar. Stay awesome Shailene.


Catch Shailene Woodley’s latest film Insurgent in theaters now.

Follow Julia Porterfield on Twitter at @JK_Porterfield.

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3 thoughts on “Divergent Star Shailene Woodley Explains Why She isn’t a Feminist

  1. I don’t think you understand what feminism is. Feminism is a movement to have equality between genders. What you fail to realize is that in any group, there will always be extremist. I liken the femi-Nazis to the Westboro Baptist Church, ISIS, etc. A true feminist wants absolute
    equality, none of that “men-are-less-than-women” attitude. Did you know that aside from the guarantee that women have the right to vote, there is absolutely NOTHING in the US constitution that guarantees women have equal rights to men? I invite you to read my piece about feminism on my WordPress.

    1. Hi Marcella. I agree– Classic feminism is extremely different from what the modern feminist movement perpetrates. I’m grateful for the hard work of women and men who have come together to help women earn the right to vote, have greater involvement in the workforce, etc. However, the majority of modern feminist like Lena Dunham, Emily’s List, Planned Parenthood activists, etc. spend the majority of their time degrading men, and blaming all of the words problems on misogyny. Like Woodley points out, I don’t want to be labeled or part of a movement that has anything to do with this notion. I want to be equal with my male counterparts not because I have different body parts, but because I have equal qualifications.

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