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Evangeline Lilly Says She Doesn't Like the Word Feminism

Evangeline Lilly Says She Doesn't Like the Word Feminism

Evangeline Lilly meets up with co-star Lee Pace on the red carpet at the premiere of their movie The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies on Tuesday evening (December 9) at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

Also in attendance at the event were co-stars Richard Armitage, Manu Bennett, Dean O’Gorman, and Graham McTavish.

Evangeline recently talked to the Huffington Post and said that while she loves playing “kick-ass chicks,” she doesn’t want to compromise her womanhood.

“I’m very proud of being a woman, and as a woman, I don’t even like the word feminism because when I hear that word, I associate it with women trying to pretend to be men, and I’m not interested in trying to pretend to be a man,” Evangeline said. “I don’t want to embrace manhood, I want to embrace my womanhood.”

FYI: Evangeline is wearing an Alberta Ferretti gown, an Edie Parker clutch, and an Atelier Swarovski ring and ear cuff. Lee is wearing Suit Supply.

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  • Catherine Théberge

    I am not a crazy feminism defender…but if she thinks that’s what that world mean…damn…she need to read a little haha!

  • LL

    She associates feminism with something it’s not because she’s not aware what the word actually means. Of all the interpretations of feminism that’s probably the dumbest.

  • likac05

    Who cares. Look at Lee Pace, he’s insanely gorgeous.

  • Tina501

    I am very disappointed that she said something so ridiculous. Feminism is simply the movement for equal rights for women. I am so sick and tired of people saying feminists are trying to be men and it’s not feminine It’s like she’s regurgitating the talking points of the right. Ugh.

  • Dani

    Exactly, that’s all that matters! :D

  • Lola

    One more on the list of women who have never read anything on Feminism ever

  • starch

    Ugh. Tell that to a woman in the developing world – that’s where Feminism happens: the fight for basic rights. These idiots have No idea what the term means. Ignorance at its worse: with a voice and a publicist.

  • Manoush

    I agree with her, it’s the opposite of machism meaning, feminists thinks women are better than men. Why can we just be women and not feminists (I hate this word too)?

  • Tina501

    Ugh. No feminist thinks they are better than men. It is about equal rights. Period. And simply “being women” is not doing anything to create equality or even basic human rights. Maybe you need to look into the treatment of females in other parts of the world. We need feminists to work for women’s rights everywhere.

  • Iarrthóir Fírinne
  • Manoush

    The point is no women in the world is against equal rights that’s why the whole concept of feminism is absurd. I’m a woman and I am for gender equality obviously, I don’t need to call myself a feminist for that.

  • FormerLamark

    OK. Let’s call it EMANCIPATION and let’s forget “womanhood” and “manhood” and let’s try to be simple human beings who are totally equal in everything, every field!

  • Jess

    Another ignorant female celebrity who has no idea what feminism really is. Next!

  • Cate

    What an ignorant thing to say. She sounds like an absolute idiot.

  • LL

    Not all women are feminists, many women are ignorant of their situation in society and the inequality between sexes, so much so they don’t even see what there is to fight for. This is true in all parts of the world, even right here in the West– no progress has ever been made in the world by trying to solve all problems at once, that’s why specific movements are created– feminists are important.

  • Shlay
  • Manoush

    Maybe they don’t see it but if you asked them they will be up for it. What I don’t like is when people (and especially celebrities) called themselves feminism and make such big deal out of it in interviews and don’t have the behaviour that encourage gender equality. I think lots of women don’t feel represented by some feminism movements such as pussy riot, les chiennes de garde (in france)…

  • Manoush

    Thanks, nice to see some women got it right

  • Nicola

    She would benefit from both a dictionary and a history lesson.

  • LL

    Well, sure. But you don’t need to protest in the streets to take action as a feminist, simply vocalizing and pointing out the inequalities encourages discussion and reinforces that action has to get taken. Politicians don’t bother to change something that public aren’t complaining about. Also, feminist groups are different than an entire movement. It’s like saying you don’t believe in democracy because one corrupt country rigged their voting system.

  • TJ

    WOw, she’s dumb.

  • OlCam

    She associates feminism with that because that’s how a lot of feminists act, it’s like people associate muslim with terrorism or catholic church with molestation, why? because of some people from that group act that way, same with feminism.

    I frankly do not like feminism or believe in the warped ideals of a lot of feminists.

    Equal vote= common sense, equal pay= common sense, make rape illegal= common sense, i don’t need to be a feminist to realize, rape is bad, or half the citizens of a country should be allowed to vote.

    Everything else is just stupid, men were born with the ability to produce more testosterone this means they are naturally more dominant, more physically strong etc, and more risk takers, this makes them ideal for leadership jobs, and military jobs.

    Women produce more estrogen this makes them more in touch with feelings, more emotionally intelligent and empathetical, perfect for being nurses teachers etcetera, of course with every rule there are exceptions.

    Deal with it, it’s yin and yang, women are feminine and men are masculine.

    The other stuff like voting and sexual assault are mostly just common sense, of course sexual assault or domestic abuse is wrong, no matter what your gender is, i don’t need to be a feminist to realize that is wrong.

    Objectification is also bullshit, women objectify as well, which is why just as many toned abs as there are topless women in films.

    Men are seen as “champions” when they get laid, because it’s a lot harder for them to get laid, there are pros and cons to being a man. For example, we have to be proactive to get laid, (get confidence) or get married, (popping the question), we are also more likely to die in war, or go to prison (testosterone makes us take stupid risks more than women) etc.

    I don’t believe in slut shaming, but the fact is women don’t deserve much congratulations when they get laid due to the fact that in society, women just sit in bars and wait to get hit on rather than being proactive,i.e actually having the courage to go up to a guy and risk being rejected) (in general, not ALL women)

    Rant Over, in summary not everything is sexist, some things actually make sense.

  • Lana

    Who cares I’m more concerned about the fact that she made out with Lee Pace at this premiere..
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  • Anthony Stargaryen

    Why bother with a dumb woman like Evangeline Lilly when there are intelligent women like e.g. Emma Watson?

  • oh well

    Funny she says this when her arguments in defense of Tauriel and female characters in general were rather feminist in nature.

    I love the woman but she can be a bit of a dolt…

  • http://animaljamblog.blogspot.com/ Feelers

    y’know why they “wait”?
    because it’s expected that men will cat call or point out parts of her body.

  • David Longmire

    Women have equal rights in America. It is a movement of victim-hood and manufactured rage. Third wave feminism is useless.

  • Mozzarellacheese

    I’m laughing because you said women have equal rights in America as if it were true.

  • Mozzarellacheese

    “No women in the world is against equal rights” as somebody who’s encountered women who believe their purpose is to be subservient to men and be obedient dolls without education and using their bodies to please men and make babies because of some weird religious or cultural ideal, I can tell you that’s not true.

    I mean, I’m not gonna stop them if that’s what they want to do in life, but the fact is, not all women believe in equal rights, and I’ve encountered more than a few to know how disturbed they can be.

  • David Longmire

    They make equal pay (wage gap is a myth, educate yourself), they’re more educated, they live longer. Yea, so oppressed. How aren’t women equal? more men are homeless. More men are in prison. More men are raped every year (including prison rapes, men are more often raped). Men are more often the target of violent crimes. i fail to see how women are oppressed. How are women oppressed?

  • David Longmire

    Except that most of what they spout is false statistics and misinformation and debunked theories.

  • David Longmire

    So what does third wave western feminism have to do with the developing world? Bitching about a non-existent patriarchy or a non-existent wage gap or a non-existent rape culture? Third Wave Western feminists don’t do fucking shit for women who need feminism. they’re whiny, self-entitled, little snowflakes.

  • David Longmire

    A movement cannot be defined by a dictionary. And you third wave feminists don’t get to take credit for first and second wave feminism. You already had all your rights and now you bitch about anything that doesn’t suit your world view.

  • David Longmire

    Feminism in the first world is unnecessary and moronic.

  • Mozzarellacheese

    LOL SO LIVING LONGER IS SUDDENLY A PRIVILEGE? Oh my, women live longer, they must do something and hide it from men! SEXISM! Amazing. I guess you being male and stupid is something you also blame on women.

    Dude, everyone can see, even non-feminists, how sexism against women works. It’s been around for decades. Your lack of awareness of it is one of its signs. Men are raped? So are women–MORE than men. Men are targets of violent crimes? So are women. More men are homeless? Is that something you blame on women, something women do to men? Or maybe is it attached to the masculine, machismo idea that men ought to care for themselves, something women had nothing to do with, that men expect of other men? Women are more educated? So why do they have fewer jobs in the fields in which they are educated in? It’s not as though they don’t seek out those jobs, nor are they uneducated–as you said yourself. Those fields are filled with sexist males limiting their options and not allowing them to move forward–which is why while more women are educated, fewer of them are able to dominate such a job despite their qualifications.

    I could list a thousand signs of American sexism but you wouldn’t listen, so why should I bother? Your false equivalence and active ignorance shows me you’re not worth the effort.

  • Sasoreo

    She keeps using the word Feminsim, and I don’t think she knows what it means.

  • chaz

    Just saw a re run of her on Kimmel where she says she locks her kids in their room. In Ontario at least, this is a child welfare matter and reportable by law. Look into some other options .This is not acceptable.

  • selin a

    ugh please just stop you are replying to every comment and it’s just annoying at how misinformed you are. Your trying to make it seem as if we are just doing this for ourselves, being a feminist means supporting equality all around the world. We already know we are one of the more fortunate countries, however, we still see room where we can make it a more equal place for everyone. And we know we have rights like voting and military yet there are still harsh stereotypes against women that need to approached. You obviously need to do some reading like Evangeline Lilly.

  • Wiseguy

    She’s VERY aware of what neofeminism is. Of all the commenters here you’re probably the dumbest.

  • Wiseguy

    Not anymore it’s not. You should know that by now, feminism is on its last breath, and I hope it dies a painful death, as its third wave crap has contributed absolutely nothing to society or the world.

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