On Monday in Beverly Hills, Hayek was honored as a women's rights advocate at Equality Now's Make Equality Reality event. Despite that, and her continued work on behalf of women worldwide including co-founding Chime for Change, "a global campaign to convene, unite and strengthen the voices speaking out for girls and women around the world," Hayek does not want to be called a feminist. Via People:
Despite her passionate support for women, Hayek told PEOPLE that she does not consider herself to be a feminist.
"I am not a feminist," she said. "If men were going through the things women are going through today, I would be fighting for them with just as much passion. I believe in equality."
This is an example of a person giving into the myth that feminists are against men. This is in of itself an example of patriarchy. she has been influenced as so many have, by the temperament of higher powers who believe it should be the logical thought that women who go against the grain, cannot be respected or desirable. This is largely but not always true. Being feminist is hard. Her words tell me that her work for women has not been as involved, enlightened, insightful, eductional, or humbling as one would think.
I am not so much angry as I am sad. I can only hope that there are some around her who will address this with her lovingly, and will not let this issue fall to the wayside. We need more to use the word "feminist", so to squash its stigma.