Sarah Jessica Parker reveals why she is not a feminist

The actress would rather be called a humanist

By Liz Bautista | Published: 7 Jul 2015

SJP's not a feminist
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Even though Sarah Jessica Parker once played a feminist icon (she made a cameo as Gloria Steinem in the 2013 film Lovelace, but her scene didn't make it to the final cut), she has made it clear that she is not a feminist. In a recent interview with Cosmopolitan US, where she appears on the August 2015 cover, the 50-year-old actress revealed that she preferred the term "humanist."

"As Wendy Wasserstein would say, I'm a humanist," Sarah said. "I'm enormously appreciative of the work that my mother's generation did. We are the beneficiaries of a lot of disappointment, heartache, discouragement and misunderstanding. But I see a lot of people trying to sort out their roles. People of colour, gays, lesbians and transgenders who are carving out this space. I'm not spitting in the face or being lazy about what still needs to be done – but I don't think it's just women anymore. We would be so enormously powerful if it were a humanist movement."

She may not want to be labelled a feminist, but she added that issues such as child care and equal pay matter to her. "If I could guarantee every mother who is working two, three jobs that she had good child care that didn't make her anxious all day – people would probably work in more efficient ways," explained the Sex and the City actress.

Sarah is not the only celebrity who doesn't want to be associated with the "F" word. Celebrities such as Shailene Woodley, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Madonna and Susan Sarandon have also said they aren't feminist in past interviews.

Related: Op-ed: Shailene Woodley, it's okay to be a feminist


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