Natalie Portman: The New Feminism Is Defined In Multiple Ways

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We love everything about award-winning Hollywood actress Natalie Portman. Not only does she possess a classic elegant beauty that transcends whatever role she plays, but she is the true definition of a millenial woman who knows how to keep it classy!

She’s done the huge blockbuster films (Star Wars and Thor) as well as the nitty gritty films which showcase her virtuoso talent on-screen (Closer, Black Swan).

Natalie was chosen as Elle Magazine UK’s November 2013 covergirl, and was interviewed by her Thor: The Dark World co-star Tom Hiddleston. Gotta give him props for asking some pretty great questions, which shows us why there are plenty of ladies out there who fancy the dark yet intelligently brooding Loki over the brawny Thor.

I dare say Loki might even be a feminist or a a feminism fan? Good move, Elle!

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When Loki, oops, Tom asked her about her thoughts on the issue of betrayal, she talks about a line from her movie ‘Closer’ where she says to co-star Jude Law “It’s always a choice”, to which he counters “I couldn’t help myself.”

Natalie says: “That’s what people always say, but it is a choice, all the time.” And dare we say, it is always a choice in many areas, not just whether you are going to betray someone.

Own your choices and decisions!

On the topic of feminism, it’s clear she has thought about this, and her experience going from a full-time actress to a full-time actress balancing an acting career and changed her perspective on this.

“Perhaps I had this impression before that mums don’t work. But they work more than anyone.”

Feminism in our society today, as opposed when it was radical and new in the 1970s, has become a negative term that we associate with women who hate men, hate babies, never wear makeup or dresses and just work, work, work. According to Natalie, we need to get on board with the Millenial version, because women are capable of much more than just what we pigeon-hole them for. It’s a term that is defined in multiple ways.

“I want every version of a woman and a man to be possible. I want women and men to be able to be full-time parents or full-time working people or any combination of the two. I want both to be able to do whatever they want sexually without being called names. I want them to be allowed to be weak and strong and happy and sad – human, basically. The fallacy in Hollywood is that if you’re making a “feminist” story, the woman kicks ass and wins. That’s not feminist, that’s macho. A movie about a weak, vulnerable woman can be feminist if it shows a real person that we can empathize with.”

If that isn’t a good enough reason for her to be your new fave actress and to redefine who you want to be as a woman going forward, then we can’t help you any more.

Ok that’s a little dramatic, but seriously, let her words be a challenge to any woman and man who dares not to think outside the box and have a narrow definition of what ‘feminism’ is today.

We are all different, but that doesn’t make a female CEO any more of a feminist than a stay-at-home-mother who chooses to home school her kids. Like Natalie said, it’s all about choices (going beyond what she spoke about with betrayal). Choose who you are today, and don’t allow yourself to be labeled just because someone said you should be.

Feminism: the new frontier featuring Natalie Portman!




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