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Shailene Woodley Says She's Not a Feminist Because "You Need Balance"

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood May 5, 2014 at 4:26PM

Shailene Woodley is a pretty amazing quote generator (her Earth Mama comments about foraging in the woods and making her own lotions have inspired numerous listicles and clickbait fodder), and now she's said a few things to TIME about, as they call it, the "F" word. That would be feminism.
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Shailene Woodley
Shailene Woodley

Shailene Woodley is a pretty amazing quote generator (her Earth Mama comments about foraging in the woods and making her own lotions have inspired numerous listicles and clickbait fodder), and now she's said a few things to TIME about, as they call it, the "F" word. That would be feminism. 

Woodley's not into it, and she doesn't consider herself a feminist because: "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."

Now, many consider themselves to be feminists for the very reason that "you need balance," but ah well. Though Woodley doesn't identify as a feminist, she is pro-sisterhood:

"My biggest thing is really sisterhood more than feminism. I don’t know how we as women expect men to respect us because we don’t even seem to respect each other. There’s so much jealousy, so much comparison and envy."

She has a valid point that women can very much perpetuate misogyny. But should this simple fact keep women from expecting respect from men? While you meditate on that one, here's the exchange between Woodley and TIME about "The Other Woman," which received pretty dismal reviews but was nonetheless the box office champ two weekends ago:

Shailene Woodley: It’s really neat to see: there’s that new Judd Apatow [sic] movie coming out, The Other Woman, and that looks really good because I think it’s really neat that it shows women coming together and supporting each other and creating a sisterhood of support for one another versus hating each other for something that somebody else created.

TIME: So even though what they’re coming together for is to bring down a man…

SW: Yeah, but they create a sisterhood. And he did something wrong, and they’re, you know. They’re going to go after him for it. I think it’s great.

Meanwhile, here's our TOH! Career Watch assessment of Woodley, who's got her second YA buzzy title of the year coming up, "The Fault in Our Stars," following March's solid "Divergent."

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.