In an interview with Marie Claire, Reese Witherspoon lashed out at young starlets such as Paris Hilton and Jessica Simpson for disregarding the progress made by the feminist movement. “What gets me is how many women — young women — give up their power and their sense of self,” Witherspoon said heatedly. “Thinking they’re going to get more out of life if they take off their clothes and objectify themselves, instead of functioning on the principle that they’re smart and capable, that you can be an actress and not be on the covers of T&A magazines. I’m flabbergasted by how many legitimate actresses do that. It blows my mind.” The actress added, “I don’t think these women are stupid. I think they’re selling a personality that’s very marketable: ‘Wouldn’t it be fun if we were all gorgeous and didn’t have a care?’ But creating a cultural icon out of someone who goes, ‘I’m stupid, isn’t it cute?’ makes me want to throw daggers at them! I want to say to them, ‘My grandma did not fight for what she fought for, and my mother did not fight for what she fought for, so you can start telling women it’s fun to be stupid.’ Saying that to young women, little girls, my daughter? It’s not okay.” Read more.
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