What Does Feminism Mean to You? This is What it Means to Zooey Deschanel

When I serendipitously stumbled upon HelloGiggles a little over a year ago, something clicked. Maybe many of you felt the same way. It seemed like an entire community had sprouted out of the dry, snarky dirt of the blogosphere overnight and banded together with the sole purpose of fostering positivity, creativity, and individuality.

And of course, this aroused suspicion.

Nail art videos followed by political posts? Style tutorials preceding social commentaries? ’90s nostalgia mixed with international news analysis? Who did these women think they were?

Feminists, actually.

It’s kind of incredible to think that we’ve almost made it to the Jetsons-era, yet we still can’t wrap our heads around a woman who wears bows and believes in gender equality.

HelloGiggles’ very own Zooey Deschanel can’t believe it either. And she wasn’t shy about shouting it out in this month’s Glamour Magazine. Zooey told the mag:

“I’m just being myself. There is not an ounce of me that believes any of that crap that they say. We can’t be feminine and be feminists and be successful? I want to be a f–king feminist and wear a f–king Peter Pan collar. So f–king what?”

If anyone ever thinks to question your motives for reading HG, politely point them to the quote above with an impressively polished finger (which finger you choose is up to you, of course).

And when the interview turned inappropriately intimate, Zooey didn’t hesitate to call out a pervasive double standard. In response to the interviewer’s question regarding whether or not she wants to have children, she replied:

“That is so personal, and it’s my pet peeve when people press you on it. And it’s always women who get asked! Is anybody saying that to George Clooney?”

They might be, but they’re likely saying it while referring to him as a “bachelor” which sounds so much more flattering than the good old “spinster” label single women or non-moms get smacked with.

As a self-proclaimed avid admirer of shiny objects, pre-teen entertainment aficionado (exhibit: EVERYTHING), AND passionate advocate for women’s rights, Zooey, Molly, and Sophia‘s brand of feminism resonates deeply with me. I’ve always believed that passing judgement on a woman for her interests, no matter how fun and frivolous they may seem, is inherently anti-feminist in itself. Does donning glitter or appreciating the significant cultural impact of young adult novels undermine a woman’s intelligence or abilities? Hardly. And assuming they do is narrow-minded and discriminatory—two descriptors that don’t belong in the definition of feminism.

So thank you, Zooey, for once again articulating why feminism exists in all shapes, sizes, and varying degrees of sequin-appreciation. Whether or not a woman abhors the color pink or spends more than five minutes styling her bangs does not determine her worth as feminist.

Now feel free to follow this post up with a nail art tutorial if that’s your thing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=517776583 Kessie Kessie
    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=517776583 Kessie Kessie

      Great post btw. x

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000323428565 Sly Hg Tly TyghTy


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002459679492 Loris Oak

    This is so inspiring! I’m a 14 year old feminist who obsesses over One Direction, loves pink , Justin Bieber, makeup, fashion, and Glamour magazine, but people always think I’m some kind of ditz for liking this stuff, and can’t believe i identify as a feminist. I think of it as a mysoginist way of shaming girls for having ”girly” interests, and perpetuating the idea that only ”guy-y” stuff is cool.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=851885006 Jenny Lonussen

    I just really want to high-five you and shout Preach!
    I believe the idea behind feminism is that a woman should be free to be herself, that a woman shouldn’t be forced or socially pressured into any ideal. Not even the so called feminist one. As I believe that’s marginalizing women and women’s choice as much as a woman having to conform to the patriarchal ideal. More power to you, Hellogiggles/Zooey, Molly & Sophia and all women choosing to be themselves no matter what.
    Absolutely love this article!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002582822126 China Marie Aquino

    Articles like these are the reason I subscribed to HelloGiggles! More please!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=797447430 Douglas Koebrich

    We’re just humanists. We need less delineation and more collectivism. This species is the only one we’ve got.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1073866990 David A. Dailey

      I like this point of view

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=715232208 Trent Hudyma


    Yes Zooey… Yes they did ask him.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1228740130 Christine McQuaid

      I think (and correct me if I’m wrong) the point had more to do with the idea that parenthood is widely seen & treated as a WOMAN’S interest/expectation… And then also hits on the negative stigma of older women who made the choice to not have children. (spinsters v. bachelors)

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=196001972 Jason Tank Tamez

        The other issue is that women have a built-in deadline for motherhood that hits an awful lot earlier than a man’s. So a man can get pretty old and never have to make a firm decision, while a woman is forced to make a choice while she’s still young.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=703780610 Robert Sumbland

    I believe in equal rights for EVERYONE and gender equality for BOTH sexes…but why do I need to label myself as a ‘feminist’? Just be open minded and confident, that way if anyone labels you it won’t matter!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1259218577 Liliana Delgado


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1112820023 Sarah Bishop

    Caitlin Moran (“How To Be A Woman”) said something similar about the “When are you having kids?” inquires on Talk of the Nation yesterday – that she hated being asked that question, and she hated when her editors would require her to ask it for an article. According to Ms. Moran, if she wouldn’t come back from an interview with an answer to the babies question (when interviewing women), her editor would have her call to ask. Yikes.

    She also talked about how people assume feminists can’t wear heels, make-up, etc — “There is only one rule in feminism, and that is for women to be equal to men.”

    Great article! It’s always a nice feeling to be among good company :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1228740130 Christine McQuaid

    Killed it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=547060740 Tatiana Daugherty

    Absolutely! And articles like this are definitely the reason I was drawn to Hello Giggles. I wear makeup and do my hair (read:wash & style), but I’m a feminist, and many of my friends and close acquaintances were shocked when I took a women’s studies class and got all fired up about it. “You? You’re a feminist?” Damn straight! We don’t need to wear Birkenstocks and sport dreadlocks to price the point! I think a lot of us are what my professor calls “lipstick feminists.” And I love that!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=547060740 Tatiana Daugherty

      Prove, obviously.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001326067294 Jessica O’Shea


    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1073866990 David A. Dailey


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1329468099 Alyssa Christine Lladoc

    Haha. Love your article!
    And if someone asks me snidely why I read HG, I will gladly point that quote out with my newly Zooey-inspired bandana nailpolished finger. Ha-Ha!
    Thank you Zooey for being you and thank you Hellogiggles family!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1329468099 Alyssa Christine Lladoc

    Ooh.. Last year, I was invited to go to this Women’s Leadership Forum run by UN Women Australia and I told one of the coordinators (who is also a firm believer of gender equality) about this website. She said she was gonna look it up. I have no idea if she ever did since it was only that one time that I ever met her.:) yeah.. I just wanna say that:)
    I just have a lot of admiration with what you are doing.:) This is the only website who got me thinking that it’s okay to be ME. So thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=567493136 Tom Denson

    Great article! Oddly enough (emphasis on the odd) it’s not just feminism under attack either, masculinity suffers from he same woes. Unfortunately as more people arrive into this world the definition of what acceptable and expected seems to be narrowing rather then embracing the social and individual differences. Which is a real shame as every chance encounter with someone different is an adventure and an opportunity to see life from a different point of view.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1271524043 Audrey Schultz


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=580775270 Miulin Avd

    Finally a women in showbiz that is not afraid to call herself a FEMINIST !! Hurra!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000983557335 Aime Aguayo

    Could Not Agree w/you MOre!! Thank You For Writing this :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1421977312 Wendy Berry Simmons

    I am glad that Zooey is a feminist and beats to her own drum, but does she have to ruin all of her credibility by using the F word every sentence?

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