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Shailene Woodley said she's not a feminist and pissed off the Internet

'Divergent' and 'The Fault in Our Stars' actress Shailene Woodley tells TIME Magazine that she is not a feminist because she loves men.
'Divergent' and 'The Fault in Our Stars' actress Shailene Woodley tells TIME Magazine that she is not a feminist because she loves men. Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images

One of the fastest ways for a young, Hollywood actress starring in two of this year's hottest YA movie adaptations to piss off a large portion of her fanbase? Declare publicly that she is not a feminist.

Shailene Woodley pissed off the Internet after declaring in a recent interview that she is not a feminist because she loves men.
Shailene Woodley pissed off the Internet after declaring in a recent interview that she is not a feminist because she loves men.Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images

That's what Shailene Woodley discovered after saying so in an interview with TIME magazine.

Along with the March release of her film Divergent, Woodley spoke openly about choosing strong female roles with her young fans in mind. Earlier this week, when TIME asked Woodley if she considers herself a feminist, the actress replied: "No because I love men, and I think the idea of 'raise women to power, take the men away from the power' is never going to work out because you need balance."

This comment immediately sparked an outcry across the Internet - especially among those in the YA community, given Woodley's starring roles in both Divergent (based on the YA novel by Veronica Roth) and the upcoming The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. (Woodley is currently promoting The Fault in Our Stars.)

Most criticizing Woodley's comment immediately pointed to the actress's apparently misinformed definition of feminism.

"Feminism is simply advocating opportunities for all people regardless of gender," author Shannon Hale wrote on Twitter in response to the article.

Author Tess Sharpe went on to add, "There are many young ppl who educate themselves before speaking w/ authority. If you have an enormous platform, think before you speak. And if you aren't sure of the definition of something, then ask! That's how we learn."

"Why would any woman say she wasn't a feminist?," Beautiful Creatures co-author Margaret Stohl added to the conversation. "What are you, opposed to yourself? Says the mother of three girls..."

The comments section of the article on TIME is even more rife with sarcasm and criticism of the actress's comments. One user wrote, "I think Shailene Woodley needs to first be able to correctly define what feminism is before stating why she's not a feminist."