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Joseph Gordon-Levitt defines feminism

The 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' actor calls himself a male feminist

By Andrea Tim | Published: 15 Aug 2014

JGL is a feminist
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"Yes, I'd absolutely call myself a feminist," said Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the amiable best guy friend we'd all like to have and whom we sometimes refer to affectionately as JGL.

Speaking in an interview, Joseph expressed his surprise about how many young people today are coming against the label.

"Wow. I guess I'm not aware of that," the Dark Knight Rises actor said. "What that 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."

"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," Joseph added. "Because every person is unique. That, to me, is what feminism means."

This doesn't just roll off his tongue; thanks to his parents, JGL understands what the female society has been going through over time. "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."

Told you he's the best guy friend we'd like to have. The 33-year-old – who founded his own production company HitRecord in 2005 with his brother – will star in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, which opens in Malaysia on 6 November.

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