Helen Mirren, 70, is a widely-acclaimed British actress who, rightly, won the Academy Award in 2007 for her performance as Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen.
She is also lauded for (apparently) resisting getting face-lifts and collagen trout-lips, unlike so many U.S. actresses.
And though Mirren, like everyone, is entitled to her opinions, I just wish actors would keep their political opinions to themselves.
“It annoys me when I see men with an arm slung around their girlfriend’s shoulders. It’s like ownership. Of course, when you’re young, you want the guy to take your hand and look after you. But when I see girls being leaned on, I want to say, ‘tell him to get his damned arm off your shoulder’.”
Mirren has previously spoken out about the way women are perceived publicly, calling for a halting of the use of “insulting” words like “sassy” and “feisty” to describe women.
Speaking to the Times earlier this year, Mirren said she detests being described as an actress who takes on “feisty” roles. She said, “Only women are feisty. It just makes me gag. We need to find new words for female power and funniness and smartness.”
Mirren also said that if she could give her younger self one piece of advice, “it would be to use the words ‘f*** off’ more frequently”.
Metallimel, a reader of the Independent article, wrote this comment:
Bravo Helen, Bravo! I too hate it when men do this. It is absolutely a declaration of ownership. It is these simple and seemingly innocent micro-aggressions that hold back equality for women. Men never get called feisty, or sassy, and even in 2015, one of the most insulting things you can call a man is “girl”.
So, after thousands of years of human civilization, we have arrived at a point when a man putting his arm around a woman is not just a sign of his condescending patriarchy, but is a “micro-aggression.”
God help us.
Already the Left are banning gender words like “male” and “female” from universities. If they continue to get their way, soon there will be no males and females. We’ll become transgenders, stop reproducing, and the human species will die off. Perhaps then, feminists like Mirren and Metallimel will finally be happy.
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Dr. Eowyn’s post first appeared at Fellowship of the Minds.