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Feminist Dad of the Day: Christian Bale

by Melissa Silverstein
July 25, 2012 3:32 PM
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I was reading the Batman cover story in EW and I wanted to shaare this quote from the interview with Christian Bale.

What was the last great kids' film you saw?

I have a daughter, so it becomes very important to me, more and more, to do things like making sure there's a female artist playing on the radio.  Just making sure that she's aware that she can do anything.  Therefore: Brave.  That's just a wonderful example.

I guess having Gloria Steinem as your stepmom does rub off on you.  I am also impressed that he went to Colorado to see the shooting victims on his own.

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  • Brenda Chapman | July 26, 2012 11:18 PMReply

    First of all, I am blown away that Mr. Bale went to visit the shooting victims. Compassion and kindness - the things most needed at this time. Well done.
    Secondly, I am so honored that he felt BRAVE was the movie to take his daughter to. I have been a fan of his work since he was just a young boy... so it means a lot to me to know that he would mention BRAVE. Many thanks.

  • Xylo | July 26, 2012 2:48 PMReply

    It could be having Gloria Steinem as a stepmother rubbed off on him. Or, it could be that his father and mother raised him well, since Steinem and his late dad didn't marry until Bale was 26.

  • debra | July 25, 2012 9:42 PMReply

    "Feminist" shouldn't be thrown around so easily, especially when you're describing a man. He just said what a decent person and father should say. Our standards are honestly so low.

  • Linn | July 26, 2012 12:01 PM

    Definition of "feminist" from advocating social, political, legal, and economic rights for women equal to those of men. @Debra, where exactly in that definition does it say that men are expected to demonstrate a different set of standards? Why is a man any different from a woman? How can we (women) expect to be treated equally if we are treating men differently than us? Having a double standard is a slippery slope, in my opinion...

  • Penny Perkins | July 25, 2012 6:33 PMReply

    Can he really be a feminist dad when his behavior shows he's clearly NOT a feminist son, nor feminist brother, nor feminist husband? Here's one of the many articles about his arrest after an altercation with his mother and sister:

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