Kirsten Dunst is getting backlash recently after making some comments in her interview with Harper’s Bazaar UK regarding gender roles. Dunst expressed her views over how “femininity” has become “undervalued.” The part of the interview that has come under the most fire is as follows:“We all have to get our own jobs and make our own money, but staying at home, nurturing, being the mother, cooking – it’s a valuable thing my mom created. And sometimes, you need your knight in shining armor. I’m sorry. You need a man to be a man and a woman to be a woman. That’s why relationships work.”
A handful of people expressed their views over Dunst’s comments over Twitter, both supporting and rejecting her beliefs over traditional gender roles.
I didn’t get from Kirsten Dunst’s comments that she was saying that fits everyone, but that it fits her. Did I misread?
— Hal Bumble (@HalBumble) April 13, 2014
@kirstendunst kudos to you for not being afraid to voice your beliefs! Don’t ever change!
— Tracey (@xstitchmama) April 13, 2014
— Jen Gerson Uffalussy (@jennyalyse) April 13, 2014
@kirstendunst I love and appreciate your comments on gender roles!!
— Gina..Daryl’s Poncho (@ginabeena28) April 13, 2014
I guess Kirsten Dunst is a dunce (who knew).
— Chelsie Olivia (@hopelesswritr) April 13, 2014
Apparently Kirsten Dunst is the latest celebrity that owes the world an apology for having an opinion. Who knew?
— Roger (@NotRabbitRoger) April 13, 2014
— Alicia Nicole (@lili_cuddy) April 13, 2014
kirsten dunst… an example of a woman who is famous who is just so dumb. just so completely absolutely dumb. glad we know now.
— gram jill (@whatyousayinhuh) April 13, 2014
The backlash @kirstendunst is getting for her feminism comments amazes me. Last time I checked people were entitled to their own beliefs.
— M.J.C. (@michaeljchr) April 13, 2014
A writer on Jezebel even said that since “she’s not paid to write gender theory…it shouldn’t surprise anyone that she’s kind of dumb about it.” Some websites even went so far as to call her views “homophobic.”
Feminism itself is a movement that attempts to establish equal rights between men and women. But who knew that having an opinion that goes against that was so evil?! Are her opinions really against everything though? Others have stated that if it works for her, then what’s the problem? If her sense of empowerment is staying at home and being the “nurterer” then good for her. If it works for her and it’s not hurting anyone then I really don’t see where the problem lies. I don’t think her opinions will by any means be setting women back.
I can almost see the whole “needing” a “masculine man” or a girly girl in order to have a relationship work for people getting in a little bit of a tizzy, but nothing that would call for this much backlash.
From what I can tell, a majority of her opinion did not seem to center around trying to “brainwash” other women to be a a girly girl or stay-at-home mom type figure. I doubt she was trying to call for some revolution in order to regress to the early 1900s role of women in society. She said that’s what works for her…that’s it.
What do you think of the controversy people are making over Dunst’s comments?