Re-blogged by The Belle Jar: In Praise of Ellen Page – feminist, film star and all round icon

My second article for the fantastic Belle Jar Magazine.

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A male friend of mine recently recommended that I read the Guardian’s interview with actress Ellen Page, star of films Hard Candy and Juno. In the interview, rather than discussing her new film The East, she openly discusses her commitment to Feminism. This is why she is one of my modern day heroes. Although many female celebrities like Beyoncé and Lady GaGa consider themselves ‘modern-day feminists’ they still seem reluctant to explicitly declare themselves as ardent feminists. Perhaps they are concerned this will alter their image and therefore their fan base. Ellen Page, however, is delighted to discuss her open belief in the movement. She declares: ‘“I don’t know why people are so reluctant to say they’re feminists. Maybe some women just don’t care. But how could it be any more obvious that we still live in a patriarchal world when feminism is a bad word?”’ She’s…

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