Dear Shailene Woodley

Dear Shailene Woodley

You say that you are not a feminist. You say that the label of feminism is “divisive”.

Feminism is not about hating men or switching roles where the female is dominant and the man is submissive. Feminism is about our rights as women to have our voices heard and choosing to live our lives as we see fit.

Without feminism, your role in Divergent would have never existed. You would be forced to play characters in romantic melodramas or comedies where the movie ends with the same old happy ending.  Their opportunities for education, for professional advancement, for personal happiness would not exist.  Similarly, your education would be limited. The professions that would be open to you would limited. You would be expected to marry, have children and keep a house. That would be the extent of your life.

So before you say that you are not a feminist, remember the women who fought long and hard for you to say those words.  Remember the women who gave you that voice and paved the way for the opportunities that you take for granted.

And then tell me that you are not a feminist.

Sincerely

An out and proud feminist

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