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Don’t ask Kendall Jenner about feminism, at least not yet.
The elder Jenner sister, 19, was asked about the feminist movement during an interview about her and younger sister Kylie‘s new clothing line for Topshop. Sunday Times reporter Ruby Warrington asked Kendall if she considered herself a feminist.
“I don’t know much about it, so I can’t really speak on it,” said Kendall.
“I get what you’re saying, but I’m not going to say much because I’d like to be more educated.”
Celebrities like Shailene Woodley have been publicly criticized for saying they aren’t a feminist. “I love men, and 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,” Woodley told Time last year. This year, she stood by her statement, saying she thinks of feminism as a label that divides people.
Feminist advocates like Emma Watson strongly disagree. “The more I have spoken about feminism, the more I have realized that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating,” said Watson in her passionate U.N. speech. “If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop.”
“I decided I was a feminist and this seemed uncomplicated to me,” said Watson. “But my recent research has shown me that feminism has become an unpopular word. Apparently I am among the ranks of women whose expressions are seen as too strong, too aggressive, isolating, anti-men and unattractive. Why is the word such an uncomfortable one?”
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