Amy Poehler Talks Feminism, Females And Filmmaking In ‘Yes Please’

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One of our all-time girl crushes, Amy Poehler, just released a new book called ‘Yes Please’ and that’s pretty much what we have to say in response to it!

The writer, director, producer, actor and some-time awards show host has put together a collection of memoirs she calls a “middle out” book, which isn’t her at a certain age looking back, nor is it her at a young age looking forward.

In an interview with AOL she spoke about feminism, the importance of female friendships and of course, being a boss lady in an industry that is largely dominated by men.

She was asked which job title she prefers the most, and Amy has the best answer. While she does admit writing, producing and directing is “turning her on” a little more than acting right now she doesn’t feel she has to choose one.

“I feel excited to take up all that space. As women especially we’re sometimes held back by the fear of the unknown. I feel powerful being in the room,” she said.

If you aren’t yet familiar with Amy’s ‘Smart Girls At The Party’ website and web series, click here now! Amy talks about the motivation behind creating this project, saying it was mostly selfish.

“I wanted to create a show that I would’ve wanted to watch when I was younger, and also I wanted to just talk to young girls…and just celebrate the every day, the non-famous part of life,” she said.

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“It’s an attempt to do something funny, and sneakily empowering,” she adds, while also saying it is meant to be a home where young girls can visit everyday and find content that won’t make them feel “like sh*t”.

The motto of Smart Girls is “change the world by being yourself” which Amy says took her a long time to learn, and she is still learning to embrace this notion.

“Vulnerability is power, I’m interested in the open-face sandwiches of the world. When you’re being [vulnerable] you’re actually being very brave, and by presenting the real truth of who you are you can change the molecules in the room.”

In the past Amy has spoken about her affinity for feminism, and doesn’t understand why anyone wouldn’t want to identify as one. The fact that publicly declaring you are a feminist is scary for some baffles Amy.

“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,”” she said.

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But she isn’t about to hate on anyone, especially other female celebs, who don’t want to call themselves feminists, as it goes against her feminist-thinking.

“This discussion — the media discussion of who is and isn’t a feminist — is yet another example of the media attempting to divide us, to take us and split us apart, and our view among each other,” she said. “So it’s like, ‘She said she was, she said she wasn’t, now she is, now she’s not, she made her one.’ It’s just bullshit. It’s yet another attempt to get us to talk shit about each other, for people to bait you into [responding to] ‘What do you think about so and so?'”

The whole point of feminism is the idea that women can speak freely and not feel judged. While Amy is certainly comfortable with what feminism stands, for she feels it is more important for women to stand together in solidarity, than fight over labels. Something which we wholeheartedly agree with! It’s not the label that counts, it’s what you do.

“First of all, it’s none of my business what they they want to say or do — that’s what feminism is. And also, what you believe or say at 20 is different at 40, is different at 60. I think as women, we need to continue to constantly celebrate what we have in common and share, and stop letting this society focus on how we’re different. It’s really frustrating. Yet again, the topic of feminism is another example of people cooping it, taking it out of our hands, and we have to kind of take it back.”

Watch the full interview with AOL below and buy her book if you want a more in-depth peek inside our feminist hero’s brain:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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