Kangana Ranaut Says Feminism Isn’t About Being Masculine. And She Makes A Very Important Point
After reading, writing and generally talking about feminism on the daily, I think it is safe to say I have probably heard every definition of the concept there is. I once had an English literature professor tell us all about why women are superior to men. I have heard feminazis bring down men and make them sound like absolute trash bags. And the thing is, I don’t subscribe to a singular definition of the word ‘feminism.’ To me, it’s about equality – no gender is better and none is worse.
And I am not the only one who is saying that, through history, feminist icons have spoken about equality rather than being above the other. And while it may not seem like it, it’s this very school of thought that actress in Bollywood are also agreeing with. From Taapsee Pannu to Swara Bhasker, most of our leading ladies have not only spoken about feminism but also try their best to empower women through their work.
Joining that list today, we have Kangana Ranaut. She is known as one of the most opinionated and outspoken actresses we have. What I really admire about her is that she has never shied away from putting her point forward and somehow, she always knows exactly what to say. So, it only stands to reason that when she spoke about a concept like feminism, she made complete sense and I think more people need to hear what she is saying and actually understand it.
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In a recent interview, she was asked what her views on this much talked about concept were. To which she said, “It is very important that we have started to talk about it and at the same time I feel feminism is somewhere completely misinterpreted into women wanting to be like men or wanting to take their place. Which is not true. I don’t associate feminism with gender also. The feminine aspects of the world are the gentler, kinder more beautiful aspects of the world to enhance that even in men, even in world politics, even in the cinema. The things that are gentler, beautiful and compassionate that’s feminine. And should be associated with feminism.” She further added “So, women shouldn’t behave like men. I don’t think that muscular strength is feminism. I think somewhere is lost or misinterpreted. And we should not shy away from being feminine. If we have to dress up to work, wear red lipstick. Sometimes we break down or have crank days, I think that is fine, I think that is okay. Women should not be shamed for that. And also, we should acknowledge the strength that women hold, that is very important.”
Just like a lot of other things, she has a very unique view on this as well. I think what she is trying to say is that feminism isn’t about doing all the things a man can do. Instead of trying to adapt to being more masculine, we need to embrace our feminine qualities.
Often, women are judged for being feminine-wearing a lipstick or a skirt – and we all know that this has no bearing on how they perform but it is seen as less authoritative. And that’s precisely what Kangana is saying and we can’t agree enough.
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Yes, of course, it is easier said than done. But if you look around you, people are more woke and inclusive of women right now than they ever were before. We are on the right path, we just need to not digress from it.
On the work front, Kangana is neck-deep in promotions for her upcoming movie Panga which releases on January 24th.