Shailene Woodley doesn’t consider herself a feminist because she loves men.
The Divergent star says she supports women’s rights, but urges both sexes to strive for “balance” in the fight for equality.
And for that reason, she prefers to distance herself from the term “feminism”, as she believes it may be polarizing.
“I think the idea of ‘raise women to power, take the men away from the power’ is never going to work out because you need balance,” she told Time magazine in an article published Monday.
“With myself, I’m very in touch with my masculine side. And I’m 50 percent feminine and 50 percent masculine, same as I think a lot of us are. Also I think that if men went down and women rose to power, that wouldn’t work either. We have to have a fine balance.”
Shailene explained she sees a more problematic issue occurring between women.
The actress can’t understand why some of her fellow females expel so much energy tearing each other down.
“My biggest thing is really sisterhood more than feminism,” she continued.
“I don’t know how we as women expect men to respect us because we don’t even seem to respect each other. There’s so much jealousy, so much comparison and envy. And ‘This girl did this to me and that girl did that to me.’ And it’s just so silly and heartbreaking in a way.”
Shailene was acting for 13 years before she landed her first major movie role in 2011 feature The Descendants, opposite George Clooney.
While her remarks may be somewhat controversial, the star recently stated she prefers to fly under the radar.
“I don’t really participate in any of the hoopla,” she told Company magazine. “I lead a fairly low-key life – I’m a beach girl and the idea of putting on a dress and heels when I could be on the beach just doesn’t appeal to me!”
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