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Sarah Jessica Parker: 'I'm not a feminist'

Published 04/08/2016

Sarah Jessica Parker
Sarah Jessica Parker

The actress doesn't want to be separated from her male counterparts simply because of gender.

Sarah Jessica Parker has distanced herself from Hollywood's feminists, insisting she does not "qualify".

The Sex and the City star believes in equality for the sexes, but explains she wishes society was not separated by classes and causes.

"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," she tells Marie Claire magazine. "I'm so tired of separation. I just want people to be treated equally."

But she is a fervent advocate for equal pay - the hot button topic that sparked a new era of feminism in Hollywood: "I would like all of that nonsense to end," she continues. "I would like women to get paid for the value of their contributions, not by old-fashioned ideas about gender."

While the 51-year-old may look at the issue from a different perspective, she agrees with actresses like Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Watson, who are leading the charge for fairer deals form women in film, insisting actresses work just as hard as their male castmates.

"Jennifer Lawrence deserves every bit as much as her male counterpart," she adds. "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."

More and more stars are speaking out about fair pay issues - earlier this year (16), Melissa McCarthy, Jessica Chastain, and Sienna Miller have made their feelings clear, while Scarlett Johansson, the only woman on Hollywood's top 10 earners list, explained she felt "icky about having that conversation unless it applies to a greater whole," continuing, "I am very fortunate, I make a really good living, and I'm proud to be an actress who's making as much as many of my male peers at this stage."

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