Over the past few months, Hollywood's elite have found themselves increasingly bombarded with the following question: "Do you call yourself a feminist?"
Some answers (like Emma Watson's, and Beyonce's) have been encouraging, while others have been so frustrating that even comedians like Aziz Ansari have spoken out to clear up a common misconception -- if you believe in equality between men and women, you're a feminist. Period. No bra-burning or man-hating required.
Luckily, Kristen Stewart doesn't seem to need Ansari's tutorial, as the actress offered some intelligent and candid statements to The Daily Beast about the topic in a recent interview about her new film, "Camp X-Ray."
"That's such a strange thing to say, isn't it?" Stewart said, when asked how she felt about actresses (like Shailene Woodley) coming out against the feminist label. "Like, what do you mean? Do you not believe in equality for men and women?"
Stewart added that much of the reservation we've been seeing can probably be attributed to a fear of being labeled as a misandrist of sorts, or "overly-aggressive," as she put it.
"I think it's a response to overly-aggressive [feminist] types," she said. "There are a lot of women who feel persecuted and go on about it, and I sometimes am like, 'Honestly, just relax, because now you're going in the other direction.' Sometimes, the loudest voice in the room isn't necessarily the one you should listen to. By our nature alone, think about what you're saying and say it -- but don’t scream in people's faces, because then you're discrediting us."
Stewart then said that some of the issues that younger actresses may have with feminism probably stem from the fact that they've had it a bit easier work-wise than the Hollywood starlets of yesteryear.
"Relating it to my one little avenue, people say, 'If you want to make it in the film industry as a woman, you have to be a b--ch,'" Stewart said. "No, you are going to ruin any chance you have and give us a bad name. It's the overcompensation to where our generation goes, 'Relax,' because it's been easier for us, and because we don’t have as much of the anger, so it's like we can't get behind [the anger] and it's a bit embarrassing. But that being said, it's a really ridiculous thing to say you’re not a feminist."