Amy Poehler Can’t Understand Why Any Woman WOULDN’T Want To Be A Feminist. Here’s Why…

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OK everyone before you click your tongues in disgust and think Amy Poehler has gone over to the “dark side”, that is, a man-hating, bra-burning, fashion-loathing feminist, just hold your horses.

Amy is one of the best examples of a 21st century feminist, and her reasoning for why all women should want to be one is pretty spot on.

She was one of the awesome women featured as part of Elle Magazine’s ‘Women in TV’ covers celebrating the awards season, and she dished about Parks and Rec, friendships, WHY she is a feminist, and how she doesn’t like social media.

For the record, she is not on twitter and says she approaches all social media with caution. A rare thing in Hollywood to see a celeb with a solid fan base not have a twitter account. Amy tells Elle that she would rather actually focus on her projects and her real life rather than subscribe to the “hey look at me, like my selfie” attitude that social media fosters. Each to their own, we’re cool with her opinion, because she’s not bashing anyone else who does like it.

Her best friend on Parks and Recreation, Ann Perkins (played by fellow feminist Rashida Jones) is about to leave the show where Poehler stars as Leslie Knope. She says she is really going to miss this friendship and story line, and what a wonderful story line it was to explore throughout the show’s six seasons so far.

“I’m really proud of that friendship. It’s rare on television to see true female friends who don’t always snipe at each other or who you can’t understand why they would be friends. Ann and Leslie are the true love story of the show.”

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And as for being a feminist, she can’t understand why there are certain other female celebrities who make it a point of saying they aren’t one, even though what they stand for is pretty much the textbook definition of a feminist.

“But then they [celebrities] go on to explain what they support and live by—it’s feminism exactly. I think some big actors and musicians feel like they have to speak to their audience and that word is confusing to their audience. But I don’t get it. That’s like someone being like, “I don’t really believe in cars, but I drive one every day and I love that it gets me places and makes life so much easier and faster and I don’t know what I would do without it.” But that’s everyone else’s trip, not mine.”

We love a woman who unapologetically wants to be a known as a feminist: a woman who supports female friendships and wants to portray strong female characters on screen. It’s something we women have to battle with a lot. If we’re strong, stand up for what we believe in, and speak out about it, we cop it from the media and men. If we don’t stand up, we cop it from feminists who tell us we should all live our lives a certain way.We are all different for a reason, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t feminists. A feminist is someone who has a choice, and we believe it is also someone who supports, rather than tears down, other women.

Amy also talks about the kind of people she is drawn to in life (in case you are thinking about becoming her BFF, like we are!). She likes anyone who isn’t afraid of making mistakes, someone who is loyal, and works hard. She would rather be known as the type of woman who tries, and falls down, but then gets up and tries again.

“I like the person who commits and goes all in and takes big swings and then maybe fails or looks stupid; who jumps and falls down, rather than the person who points at the person who fell, and laughs. But I do sometimes laugh when people fall down.”

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