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08/15/2014 10:04 am ET Updated Dec 29, 2014

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Says Feminism 'Benefits Society As A Whole,' Makes Hearts Flutter

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt had us sufficiently head-over-heels this past January when he proudly proclaimed himself a feminist. But now that he's offered up a perfect explanation of why the movement for gender equality is crucial for all human beings, we're really in love.

In an Aug. 14 interview with The Daily Beast, Gordon-Levitt made it very clear he "absolutely" identifies as a feminist.

"What [feminism] means to me is that you don’t let your gender define who you are -- you can be who you want to be, whether you’re a man, a woman, a boy, a girl, whatever," Gordon-Levitt told The Daily Beast's Marlow Stern. "However you want to define yourself, you can do that and should be able to do that, and no category ever really describes a person because every person is unique."

The 33-year-old actor went on to explain exactly why gender equality is so important:

If you look at history, women are an oppressed category of people. There’s a long, long history of women suffering abuse, injustice and not having the same opportunities as men, and I think that’s been very detrimental to the human race as a whole. I’m a believer that if everyone has a fair chance to be what they want to be and do what they want to do, it’s better for everyone. It benefits society as a whole.

Confused about feminism? Just talk to Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Hollywood's resident male Women's Studies professor.

To read the rest of the interview head over to The Daily Beast.

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