Happy birthday to Olivia Wilde! Not only is she one of our style icons, but she’s never been afraid to let her feminist flag fly. In honor of her big 3-0, here are 10 quotes that will make you want to give her a standing ovation… and invite her to guest lecture for your Gender Studies class.
1. She’s not afraid to call bullshit on the kinds of movies that make it to big screens:
It’s really hard to get stories made that are about women. Not just women being obsessed with men, or supporting men. And it’s really hard to get men to be a part of films that are about women in a leading role. I’m really interested in how we can adjust that.
2. She noticed something kind of funny when she did a live table read of the American Pie script, just with the characters’ genders reversed:
It was so fascinating to be a part of this, because as the women took on these central roles that had all the good lines, therefore all the good laughs, all the great moments– the men, who had joined us to sit on stage, started squirming rather uncomfortably. And got really bored. Because they weren’t used to being the supporting cast. It was fascinating to feel their discomfort, to discuss it with them afterwards when they said, ‘It’s boring to play the girl role.’ And I said, ‘Yeah. Yeah, ya think? Welcome to our world.’
3. And with that in mind, she’s pretty much over the excuse that women don’t fit into big movie roles:
In Alien, Sigourney Weaver‘s role was written for a man. In Salt, Angelina Jolie‘s role was written for Tom Cruise. These things, when reversed, do prove to be just as exciting and entertaining with women in leading roles.
4. She’s pumped about turning 30, because the roles available to young actresses right now just don’t cut it:
People assume actresses are afraid to get older; the truth is the roles get a whole lot more compelling once you’re too old to play dumb.
5. She can’t stand the pressure on women to have kids before a certain age:
I love kids with a passion I usually reserve for hot cheese, miniature chairs, and Prince concerts, but I feel no stress to reproduce simply because of a fear of withering eggs.
6. She’s willing to out herself as a feminist on Twitter, which is pretty freaking daring. She recently tweeted,
Friends, haters, it’s Twitter poll time. What do you think most holds back justice and equality for women? All thoughts welcome!
7. She’s totally fed up with the virgin/whore dichotomy, saying she’s always been “so confused” about when she’s supposed to use her sexuality and when she’s supposed to hide it.
8. She’s not interested in your femme-shaming:
I admire women who can be feminists and fight for women’s rights, who believe in our powers as individuals and yet not apologize for beauty.
9. And she’s sick of the idea that feminism and sexiness don’t mix:
I don’t think anyone should apologize for being sexy if it comes from a genuine place, if they’re not being forced into an objectifying situation.
10. This one’s not exactly feminist– it’s pretty flawed and kind of mean, actually, if you’re looking at it objectively– but god, we love it anyway. Olivia famously tweeted to Justin Bieber something we’ve all had on our minds:
Bieber, put your fucking shirt on. (unless you lost all your shirts in a fire in which case my condolences and please purchase a new shirt.)
I mean… we’re kind of right there with you on that one, OW.
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