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Shailene Woodley Explains Why She Isn’t a Feminist

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Shailene Woodley is many things — a successful young actress, proud rocker of a cropped ‘do, Golden Globe nominee — but a feminist she is not.

“Because I love men,” the ‘Fault in Our Stars’ actress explained to Time Magazine as to why she rejects the label, “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.”

She continued, “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. And I think that is important to note. And 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.”

The 22-year-old may not be officially joining the ranks of feminists any time soon, but she does have her own strong opinions on women and their treatment of each other.

“I don’t know how we as women expect men to respect us because we don’t even seem to respect each other,” she added. “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.”

The star’s bold commentary has raised a few eyebrows in the media, including Nina Bahadur at the Huffington Post. Yikes!

Shailene may not be a feminist, but she certainly seems like a smart, opinionated young woman who stands by her convictions. And that’s an admirable trait in both feminists and non-feminists alike.

Next: Watch Shailene Tear Up During Her Big Haircut

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