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Lisa Haydon’s Ignorant Take on Feminism Just Cost Her Thousands of Fans

It feels like only yesterday that we were such big fans of Lisa Haydon and her badassery. Oh wait, it was only yesterday, because today we are LIVID.

Lisa Haydon is many things – smart, talented, beautiful – but one thing she's not? A feminist. Because when The Times of India asked her if the concept of feminism is often misconstrued, this is what she said:

"I don't like the word feminist. I don't think women trying to be men is feminism. I also don't believe in being outspoken for the sake of it, or just to prove a point. Feminism is just an overused term and people make too much noise about it for no reason. Women have been given these bodies to produce children, and the spirit and tenderness to take care of people around us. It's fine to be an outspoken and working woman. I don't want to be a man. One day I look forward to making dinner for my husband and children. I don't want to be a career feminist."

Lisa Haydon was part of Queen, possibly the most feminist film in Bollywood in recent times. Her character, Vijayalakshmi, was that of a single mother living in Paris on her own terms. She was so good in the film that we wanted her to get a spin-off film of her own. Does she realize that Vijayalakshmi would not have been able to say or do the things she did in the film had it not been for feminism? Apparently not.

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Let's deconstruct her answer to TOI.

“I don't like the word feminist. I don't think women trying to be men is feminism.”

Absolutely. Women trying to be men is not feminism. Then why don't you like the word? You need to tell us what dictionary you're using so we can look into getting it replaced.

“Feminism is just an overused term and people make too much noise about it for no reason.”

It's an overused word, and yet, here we are, with you still not knowing what it means. People make too much noise about it because people like you, privileged people in positions of power, do not understand what it means, despite repeated attempts on our part to have tried to fix this. People make too much noise about it because women still earn less than men, because women are still killed for wanting to work, saying no to men, wanting control of their bodies, and wanting to be born.

“Women have been given these bodies to produce children, and the spirit and tenderness to take care of people around us.”

WHAT WHAT WHAT. Did someone completely ignorant and misogynistic take over your body while you were giving this interview? Because what you're saying is that we're only sent on this earth to make babies, and take care of other people. Do you realize, Lisa, that the fact that you're working today is because of feminism? Because for many, many years, people have been overusing this word and trying to bring about a change in our patriarchal society? Wikipedia says you're 29. Had it not been for feminism, you would have been taking care of two babies at home right now instead of giving this asinine interview for the travesty that Housefull 3 is going to be.

“It's fine to be an outspoken and working woman. I don't want to be a man. One day I look forward to making dinner for my husband and children.”

One of the basic ideologies of feminism is that we don't judge any woman for making any choice. So, if you want to get married and make dinner for your husband, that's cool. That doesn't make you anyone any less of a feminist. But, hypothetically, if you were to tell your husband one evening that you don't feel like cooking dinner for him, and he gets angry and tells you it's your goddamn duty, so you better get on with it, what are you going to do? Because it happens with a lot of women. It used to happen a lot more, but do you know which movement is trying to fight that? Take a wild guess.

“I don't want to be a career feminist.”

I'm at a loss for words. I don't know what a career feminist is. Is it someone who wants to work when and if she wants to? Guess what, my dear, you're it. Is it someone whose career is about being a feminist? Then why wouldn't you want to be someone who fights for women's rights, and stops people from hurting women? Didn't you say it's “fine to be an outspoken and working woman?” Because there's none of that without feminism.

Earlier in the interview, Lisa is asked why she doesn't like being called hot.

She says, “I enjoy being called hot and attractive, but it gets offensive when you are putting so much more out there and all people do is pick up on that particular aspect of your personality.”

What you're saying here, Lisa, is basically what feminism has been saying for years. That women are a lot more than their looks and bodies. But because you don't like feminism, you might just have to put up with this bullshit for a while.

And while a lot of people are mad at Lisa for her ignorant take on feminism:

There are some who now find her more attractive.

If you still haven't understood what we're trying to explain to you, Lisa, maybe Tanmay Bhat could do the trick? Because it sure seems like you'll take it more seriously if it comes from a man, and not from a woman trying to be a man. 

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