I would have assumed that co-starring in one of the most iconic films about ride-or-die sisterhood of the 90s would put you on Team Feminism for life, but I would be wrong. Apparently Hocus Pocus didn’t have that kind of effect on Sarah Jessica Parker. SJP recently spoke to Marie Claire about her upcoming HBO show, Divorce, and they got into a heavy discussion about women’s issues, like the gender wage gap and speaking out about inequality in Hollywood. SJP believes in it all – equality, equal pay – but she doesn’t want to call it feminism. Girl Power? Maybe. Sisterhood? Whatever, sure. But not the F-word.
Sarah Jessica Parker makes it sound like there’s a process in which you have to be pre-approved to become a feminist, like applying for a credit card or a mortgage. And according to SJP, that’s not something she qualifies for.
“I am not a feminist. I don’t think I qualify. I believe in women and I believe in equality, but I think there is so much that needs to be done that I don’t even want to separate it anymore. I’m so tired of separation. I just want people to be treated equally.”
Maybe Carrie was thinking about Manolos when Miranda tried to teach her about feminism over brunch, so I’m willing to forgive SJP for the fact that everything she believes in is pretty much exactly the definition “feminism.” Including the part about being tired of separation. That’s actually one of the things Jennifer Lawrence was pissed off about in her wage gap essay: that it seemed like there was a separate set of smaller numbers that the studio accountants were using when writing up actresses’ paychecks.
Sarah Jessica Parker kept the “I’m not a feminist, but here’s why I’m basically a feminist…” train rolling while talking about money. SJP calls the wage gap “nonsense” and wants to see women getting paid the same as men. She’s also here for other actresses, like Jennifer Lawrence, who publicly talk about women’s issues.
“Listen, Jennifer Lawrence deserves every bit as much as her male counterpart. It’s indisputable. Emma Watson is an amazing young woman, and it’s important for her to talk about women’s issues. She isn’t concerned about herself. Women are paying the bills, getting it done, getting the kids here and there. The more we address that, we are all going to be better.”
I understand not wanting to label yourself. But everything Sarah said makes her one word away from being an out-and-proud feminist. She’s like a friend I have who refuses to admit they’re a member of the Kardashian Army. Don’t tell me you don’t pledge allegiance to the Kardashian Klan when I know you’ve got three bottles of Kardashian Glow self tanner, two Kylie lip kits, and an almost-empty bottle of Unbreakable hidden under your sink.
Here’s more of Sarah Jessica Parker working that Carrie Bradshaw WILL NEVER DIE style in Marie Claire, including her wearing some kind of saddle (oh lord, too easy). For a less Photoshopped version of SJP, I’ve also included some pictures at the 2016 Accessories Council ACE Awards on Tuesday night.