Sarah Jessica Parker Says She’s Not a Feminist
Is Carrie Bradshaw totally over feminism like its last season’s shoes?
In a new interview with Cosmopolitan, Sarah Jessica Parker says she doesn’t believe in labeling herself as a feminist anymore. The Sex and the City star, who is arguably a fashion and strong female icon to many women around the globe, explains that she no longer identifies with the term because she feels there’s more to the movement than it describes.
“As [playwright] Wendy Wasserstein would say, I’m a humanist,” she says. “I’m enormously appreciative of the work that my mother’s generation did. We are the beneficiaries of a lot of disappointment, heartache, discouragement, and misunderstanding. But I see a lot of people trying to sort out their roles. People of color, gays, lesbians, and transgenders who are carving out this space. I’m not spitting in the face or being lazy about what still needs to be done — but I don’t think it’s just women anymore.”
She adds, “We would be so enormously powerful if it were a humanist movement.”
So, what’s SJP fighting for these days? According to the 50-year-old, there are still pressing political issues that needs to be solved. In fact, they’re actually problems that — gasp! — feminists are also trying to address as well.
“Equality in pay. Paid sick leave. The thing that would change people’s lives maybe more than anything, assuming that we maintain access to health care, is child care. If I could guarantee every mother who is working two, three jobs that she had good child care that didn’t make her anxious all day — people would probably work in more efficient ways,” she explains. “How many times do you hear a wealthy person get asked, ‘How do you do it all?’ If I’m asked that question one more time … I’m like, ‘Are you kidding me? Ask someone who looks like she’s about to drop, How are you doing? How are you managing?'”