Lisa Haydon Misses The Point About Feminism, But Thankfully Twitter Knows Better

Posted on May 23, 2016 in Specials

By YKA Staff:

In a recent interview with The Times of India, actor Lisa Haydon was asked, “Do you think the concept of feminism is often misconstrued?” Before you read the answer, just a reminder that Lisa starred (and killed it) in ‘Queen’, one of the most feminist films of Bollywood, in the last few years.

While this was a fictional role, we were still really taken aback by Lisa’s answer:

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*Facepalm*

But here’s the good thing (and there is one that came out of this!). Many users online didn’t hesitate before calling her out and really explaining what feminism means and how it’s really not a bad word. And why does this matter? Because honestly, we’ve lost count of the number of times the meaning of feminism has been misconstrued, with people feeling intimidated, alienated, scared or just angered by it, instead of really understanding what it means.

All hope isn’t lost:

An important message for you, Lisa.

Yes! You can be a mother, make dinner for your family AND be a feminist.

She gets it.

Yea, Gamora. We agree.

#CareerFeminist powering through.

Hits you, if you deconstruct it this way.

You said it, Swati.

Ya, can we really understand this?

We also found a fair share of people who supported Lisa. Well, of course, there’s still a long way to go!

Seeing these comments too just made us think of how wonderful it would be if people just stop looking at feminism as a battle between sexes and just understand it for what it is – equality. In the recent past, a few actresses have made some powerful remarks about sexism in the industry and showed us why feminism is really needed, especially in a space like Bollywood. Check out what these three had to say: Priyanka Chopra, Kangana Ranaut and Anushka Sharma.

And finally, if you’re still wondering what the hullabaloo is all about and why Haydon’s comments are ignorant, this video explains feminism best, and we really recommend you watch it: ‘We Should All Be Feminists

That’s all from us, folks. We’d love to know what you think about Lisa Haydon’s comments and about feminism – share your views in the comments below or email us.

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