MIRREN DIDN’T IDEN­TIFY AS A FEM­I­NIST UN­TIL RE­CENTLY

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Vet­eran ac­tor He­len Mirren (left) says she did not iden­tify her­self as a fem­i­nist un­til quite re­cently. The 71-year-old English star says that even though she al­ways lived like a fem­i­nist, she was not a part of the move­ment. She says, “I didn’t de­fine my­self as a fem­i­nist un­til quite re­cently, but I had al­ways lived like a fem­i­nist and be­lieved in the ob­vi­ous; that women were as ca­pa­ble and as en­er­getic and as in­spir­ing as men. But to join a move­ment called fem­i­nism seemed too di­dac­tic, too po­lit­i­cal.” The ac­tor, who is now a de­clared fem­i­nist, adds, “I have come to un­der­stand that fem­i­nism is not an ab­stract idea but a ne­ces­sity if we are to move us for­ward and not back­ward into ig­no­rance and fear­ful jeal­ousy. I am a fem­i­nist. And I would en­cour­age you to be the same.”

PHOTO:AN­DREW TOTH/GETTY IMAGES/AFP

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