With so many celebrities fumbling the definition of feminism lately, it's refreshing to hear from those who truly do understand the fundamentals of gender equality.
"I do consider myself a feminist," she told The Frisky's Jessica Wakeman. "I was raised by a woman [screenwriter Robin Swicord, who wrote "Matilda" and "Little Women"] who would consider herself a feminist, so I think I was given certain values from a really young age about equality and about thinking of yourself as an equal."
A screenwriter herself, the 30-year-old Los Angeles native wrote and starred in the film "Ruby Sparks," widely considered a feminist commentary on the "manic pixie dream girl."Kazan went on to flesh out the negative connotation that often comes with being a feminist and how she had to see past it herself:
I think that the [negativity associated with the] label discourages some women from calling themselves that. I think saying that "you’re a feminist" is a little bit like saying that you’re a humanist, because what it’s really about is equal opportunities and equal thinking about genders being only a part of your identity rather than something that would define you and define your character.. I had a hard time when I was younger sort of reconciling my feminism and my femininity.
Similar to Zooey Deschanel's take on being a feminist and feminine, Kazan told Wakeman an anecdote about a time she wore a Hello Kitty Band-Aid at a press event for "Ruby Sparks" and received some criticism. "I felt like, 'Who are you to tell me what my feminism means to me?'" Kazan told Wakeman. "Just because I wear a skirt doesn’t mean that I am inviting rape and just because I wear a Band-Aid that has a cartoon character on it doesn’t mean that I’m infantilizing myself."
Hello Kitty is a cat -- and who loves cats more than feminists? Problem solved.
Head over to The Frisky to read the rest of the interview.