Meryl Streep, Roxane Gay & ‘Bad Feminism’
In a September 2015 interview with Time Out’s Cath Clarke, Meryl Streep was quoted as saying
‘I am a humanist, I am for nice easy balance.’
Her comments disappointed and angered a lot of feminists, who saw Meryl’s refusal to call herself a feminist as contradictory and confusing.
In situations like this, I often refer back to Roxane Gay’s ‘Confessions of a Bad Feminist’ TED Talk.
“As a feminist, I feel a lot of pressure. We have this tendency to put visible feminists on a pedestal. We expect them to pose perfectly. When they disappoint us, we gleefully knock them from the very pedestal we put them on. We go far beyond reasonable, constructive criticism, to dissecting any given woman’s feminism, tearing it apart until there’s nothing left. We do not need to do that.”