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Kaley Cuoco Doesn't Consider Herself a Feminist, Says Getting Breast Implants Was 'The Best Thing Ever'

Kaley Cuoco Doesn't Consider Herself a Feminist, Says Getting Breast Implants Was 'The Best Thing Ever'

Kaley Cuoco poses with her sweet pet pup on the cover of Redbook magazine’s February 2015 issue.

Here’s what the 29-year-old actress had to share with the mag:

On if she’s a feminist: “Is it bad if I say no? It’s not really something I think about. Things are different now, and I know a lot of the work that paved the way for women happened before I was around… I was never that feminist girl demanding equality, but maybe that’s because I’ve never really faced inequality. I cook for Ryan five nights a week: It makes me feel like a housewife; I love that. I know it sounds old-fashioned, but I like the idea of women taking care of their men. I’m so in control of my work that I like coming home and serving him. My mom was like that, so I think it kind of rubbed off.”

On getting breast implants: I had no boobs! And it really was the best thing ever! I always felt ill-proportioned. My implants made me feel more confident in my body. It wasn’t about trying to be a porn star or wanting to look hot and sexy.”

On being television’s highest paid actress with her Big Bang Theory salary: “All I think about is what it means for my family…and knowing there is security for all of us. My parents spent 16 years hauling my butt to LA for audition after audition. Every day they were helping me learn my lines, dropping me off, waiting for me, picking me up, giving me pep talks when I didn’t get the jobs, taking me to tennis and horseback riding lessons. I remember always hoping I could help take care of them because they took such good care of me. Knowing I’ll be able to just brings tears to my eyes.”

For more from Kaley, visit RedbookMag.com.

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  • Sandy McFarlane

    I don’t understand how some of these femal celebrities can just say they aren’t feminists. This girl is so stupid, just because she enjoys cooking for her man doesnt mean she can’t be a feminist, she’s setting such a horrible example.
    I feel like she clearly doesn’t know the definition if the word, like why wouldnt you wanna be on your own team? Educate yourself.

  • plez

    She sounds as dumb about others and the world as the character she plays on Big Bang Theory.

  • disqus_M7byfgKxre

    Please educate us on why she is a feminist in your opinion.

  • mandyz

    Besides her feminist remark (she really doesn’t know the definition of feminism at all), I do feel the same way as her about breast implants and her reasons are the same reasons why I’m saving up to get mine. Plus she chose a size that was proportionate to her body (I think a C cup?) so good for her.

    What she as well as other women that claim not to be feminists need to understand is that you wouldn’t be having the opportunities they have not even as women, but human beings in general if it weren’t for feminism, it’s about equality of both genders when it comes to employment, voting, etc, basic human rights. The femininst movement has helped many aspects of women’s lives that in this age, our generation hasn’t been so affected by it since we as women have been given a lot more rights over the years as opposed to the 50′s and 60′s where women were very limited towards what rights they were granted so I can understand her not feeling affected by it but she needs to realize that if it wasn’t for this movement, we would be confined today compared to the male race that has always been bestowed with freedom to do whatever they want. I think Kirsten Dunst said something along Kaley’s same sentiments towards feminism about embracing the housewife role, but when did anybody say you’re going to lose your “femininity” if you believe that women deserve equal rights? I don’t understand why women that claim not to be feminists think that feminists are along the “butch” category, yes its been played out by the media over and over again that passionate feminists are supposedly butch but its simply a stereotype, feminists come in all forms.

  • purna

    First of all, she is a feminist because she has the freedom to work. If she is not one, she will only serve the traditional role and depending on her man financially. She even said that she was in control of her job.

    Second of all, she has a breast implant. She uses her individual right to do whatever she wants to her body for her own confidence. If she is not, she will deem this unnatural procedure to be sinful.

    And I am sure she agrees on equal rights for men and women to vote, to gain access for education, and to work.

  • Jack Mack

    I’m just shocked she’s still married, but then where is he really going to go after “living the lush life”? Damn….did he step in lucky shit or what?

  • Vy Nguyen

    Another victim of ignorance that likes to voice their opinions.

  • Vy Nguyen

    IKR. Ignorant girl enjoying the benefits of what millions of people fought for and yet has no understanding and clearly lack of effort to educate herself before speaking.

  • Guest

    So despite being the highest ACTRESS on TV is she still getting the lowest salary compared to the ACTORS on Big Bang Theory because she’s not a feminist and wouldn’t complain?

  • Doryphore

    Kaley, you’re a sugar momma. Your husband is a jobless, FAILED tennis player. He’s with you because of your money. You’re a dumba$$.

  • Guest

    What she doesn’t understand is that gains can be lost unless someone is being vigilant.

  • Heather

    Why is the feminist question even being asked so much lately? It shouldn’t even be a question.

  • Barry

    I’m torn between “good, she’s sincere” and “my god, stop tallking.”…

    No, stop talking.

  • disqus_M7byfgKxre

    Your first two points are peoples rights of either gender. And her opinion does not make her a feminist. The key thing to being a feminist is that you are an advocate. Look that word up and tell us then how she is an advocate.

  • disqus_M7byfgKxre

    Unless someone possess’s ALL HUMAN INTELLIGENCE then they are ignorant.

  • neil adlington

    I agree. To her credit she at least didn’t say feminist like it was a bad word. It baffles me that so many women do.

  • Mike O’Brien

    Except YOUR wrong. She gets paid the SAME as Parsons and Galecki and MORE than Helberg and Nayyar.
    Maybe you should get the facts before posting lies.

  • Mike O’Brien

    Yes, Barry please stop talking.

  • forrest gump

    pst: I’m already in love with her……………

  • ReadMyLips88

    I guess that makes me a feminist too, since I strongly support the freedom of all women (and men) to pursue their happiness as they see fit, so long as they don’t infringe the freedom of others to make that happen.

    Personally, I’m glad to see that there are some in entertainment that haven’t allowed themselves to drink the fascist koolaid of the Progressive left or the authoritarian koolaid of the Conservative right. She’s living her life and pursuring happiness as she sees fit. Perhaps others should take note and follow suit.

  • Alexandra

    such a ignorant comment about feminism, she clearly doesn’t know what it means. I really don’t get why some people think being a feminist is about going against marriage, and basically burning your bra.

    i guess Kaley and Penny have more in common than I thought

  • lolo

    what a horrible example for young women. and men. does she realize their are millions upon millions of women and young girls around the world that are denied basic rights and abused based simply on their gender? her comments are a huge slap in the face for these women.

  • BobBattle

    Emma Watson acknowledges the benefits given by her family and situation and becomes a grownup caring for others not as lucky, addressing the UN on feminism. Kaley comes across as childlike and self focussed. Shame on Redbook for propogating a stereotype and not asking any tough questions. But stroking their audience is the first job I guess.

  • Mat

    Yeah I agree. I think she doesn’t understand what feminism means and involves, if she did she wouldn’t say that. If you’re a woman and you want equal rights and opportunities as men then you’re a feminist, it’s not that complicated really…

  • Wanderersmind

    Here is an advice to you Kaley, if you don’t know something, don’t talk about it.

  • Pretty Little Mars

    “I’ve never really faced inequality” – not entirely her fault, but it’s the type of remarks I’m not surprised to hear come out of a rich, white girl’s mouth. However, don’t forget everyone, it absolutely her CHOICE as to what she wants to identify herself as. Feminism allows her to make that choice. Kaley’s comments are misguided, but it’s still her choice. BTW why does Jared keep posting about women coming out and saying they’re not feminists?? It’s like he’s trying to make them look evil so we can attack them lmao #bye

  • Tonja Mason

    Judith Butler is my home girl.

  • purna

    I do not think Angelina Jolie is an advocate for feminism since she never stated anything about it. But she lives a feminist life and she embody this principle. Only because Kaley has not experienced gender inequality yet, it does not mean that in the future she will not have the opportunity in which she will stand up for herself when she is not being treated equally and this my friend is called feminism.

  • Tonja Mason

    I don’t think you can use the word “feminist” in a ubiquitous way without nuancing it a bit. There are three waves of feminism; moreover, post-structuralism, especially queer theory, involves a radical reconsideration of the matrix of both sex and gender. Thus, two people can make the claim “I’m a feminist” and mean entirely different things by it. One person may be asserting biological essentialism while another may be arguing social constructivism. Serious feminists (Ph.Ds) generally disdain cosmetic surgery, as cosmetic surgery is giving in to culturally constructed beauty standards, which again, are arbitrary and established by the white patriarchal male.

  • Storm

    Well good for her for not jumping on this latest bandwagon. Feminists as a bunch seem to want to take all of the fun out of the difference in genders and roles in relationships. Big surprise that the majority of them are lesbians or closeted lesbians. Kaley is independent and hard working and does her own thing but still enjoys traditional relationship roles. She seems happy and like she has a great relationship (and doesn’t feel the need to go around making false rape accusations a la Lena Dunham or berating all men as sex offenders in the waiting).

  • mandyz

    see and this is why I mentioned the stereotype of feminists as butch, its not true Storm, jesus this is pathetic that people like yourself listen to the media stereotypes and assume that feminists are majority lesbian, not true, butch-like, not true. she can enjoy the role she plays in her relationship but needs to understand that she WOULDN’T have the freedom to do a lot of the rights she does on a daily basis without feminism. sorry not sorry. im pretty sure that the majority that understand what feminism is that has commented on this thread is NOT butch or lesbian, im not butch or lesbian, we are educated and aware of the progression towards equal rights as women and we are still a long way away from being in a world of equality amongst the sexes. she can play the girly housewife in her Barbie dream home, wear her sexy lingerie for Ryan all she wants and still believe in equal rights. you’re just looking at what the media portrays and assume feminism is destroying gender roles when that’s far from it.

  • Storm

    I’m not just “looking at the media”. I see it plenty in everyday life too. It’s dull and outdated. Sure, feminist movements in the past may have gained some good results for women in general but nowadays it is an entirely different beast. Contrary to what you stated, I have found that most who tout themselves as “feminists” just want to rant, have little insight into what they are talking about and have about 90% of their “facts” entirely wrong. The angriness and forcefulness with which these so-called feminists blather on is also very off putting to alot of us. Besides the fact that tons of them are nothing but hypocrites. I see women all around me acting like sl–s and then turning around and trying to demand “respect”. Plus I have also noticed that they will never, ever even dare to touch on the real feminist issues in this world – ie the treatment of women by Arab and certain other cultures. Oh no it is all “equal pay” this (which most industries now provide, and for which there are legal channels we can go through if they are not) and “more women in engineering” that, none of which hold much water when you look at treatment of women in say Pakistan or Iran.

  • Damian

    I hate when they ask a question like that, because it is simply an attempt to put someone in a box. Based on her status and income in the industry she has obviously stood up for herself over the years, but standing up for oneself is not a gender issue. I have seen plenty of people who align themselves as Feminist who would slam her for getting implants, but if she did it only for herself then there is nothing wrong with it. Many Feminist would quickly jump that any adversity she faced was sexiest, but inequality can be based on many things like age, height, weight not just sex. On the show she is paid the same as Johnny, and Jim they are all making $1 mil and episode, so it is easy to see where her view comes from.

  • nemo

    wow, she’s an idiot.

  • KyrstinLavelle

    Does she like the right to vote? Work without the permission of a man (father/husband)? Use birth control? Marry who she wants? Then she’s a feminist. She’s just young, she’ll figure it out.

  • Meg

    Describing yourself as a feminist is NOT putting yourself in a box. Putting youself in a box indicates there are limitations. There are no limitations in describing yourself as a feminist. It is not polarizing at all.

  • Meg

    Let me guess Storm, you vote Republican?

  • Storm

    And let me guess Meg, you would secretly like to live in a communist dictatorship with no freedom of expression or thought? I suggest China, or Cuba, for you then.

  • Mark

    In today’s world, everyone is a feminist, even pro-life people. So calling yourself a feminist, is akin to calling yourself an abolitionist…it just makes reasonable people look at you like wtf does that mean???

  • Mark

    Actually, modern “feminism” is a slap in the face of those women, seeing as how first world feminists don’t give a sh*t about that. How many first world feminists talk about women’s rights in the Muslim world? None, because they’re afraid of being called racist.

    The modern “feminist” movement is disgusting. The first and second wave of feminism were perfect and brilliant.

  • Mark

    The problem is, everyone in western society is a feminist…so calling yourself a feminist is akin to calling yourself an abolitionist…

  • Sandy McFarlane

    but evidently there are still a lot of ignorant female celebrities like kayley who don’t know anything about feminism at all

  • Sandy McFarlane

    go back to 9gag fuckboy

  • Wdv

    In my opinion this shouldn’t even be have to called feminism anymore, it should be just normal. All the things that you just mentioned is basically normal for some years. And if you are in your twenties, like Cuoco, then you don’t really know any better than you had those rights all along. So I think that not all young people think about feminism, because those things are considered normal for them.

    Are there still other things, yes of course. Women get paid less than man most of the time, so of course more things need to change. But women are a part in that too. Some women, and I say some women, want to be equal when it’s convenient but when it’s not then they don’t. I think men and women should be equal, but then that should also count in custody arrangements. And it is still so, that in those things there is often ruled in a women’s favour. The phrase that a child is always better of with his mother is an old bullshit thing, just like women should be in the kitchen. However a man often has to fight to even get visiting rights. I know someone who commited suicide because his ex wife didn’t want him to see his children anymore, and she gets away with it because she is the mother. I am all in favour for feminism, but what I am more in favour for is that everyone should be equal in everything.

    And to defend Cuoco here a little bit. As I read this she never says she is against feminism or anything. Plus what people say in those interviewes are often written down completely different or put into a context to get more readers. Cuoco likes to take care of her husband, yeah so what, there is nothing wrong with that. She apparently likes to cook for him every night, but she should not do what she likes to because women should not be in the kitchen. To me one of the most important things about feminism is that a woman has the right to do what she wants. A woman wants to vote, she can. She wants to work, she can. So then why should Cuoco not have the right to do what she wants, in this case take care of her husband.

    As I said in the beginning, yes there are still things that need to change. Such as salary, and women also getting jobs as managers etc. However the things like, right to vote, right to marry, to work, this is all normal these days in western society. That young women therefore not think about is as much anymore, is kind of normal in my opinion. Plus on top of that, Cuoco gets the same salary as her two main co stars, and more salary then the other male actors of the show. So she also never has to think about that.

    But I think whe should not make a big deal out of this. She never said she was against feminism, just that she doesn’t really consider it. And I have to say that I think some people here overreact about a comment. If there is one thing that I cherish it is freedom of speech, and if I read some comments here then Cuoco apparently doesn’t have that freedom.

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