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The Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting is not a feminist. Seriously, does anyone own a dictionary? Do you know what it means? I almost didn’t write this because I’m just so freaking tired of the furor around the word this year. Time magazine puts the word on its list of words to ban this year, then takes it off and apologizes. I get shit for it after being vocal about being a feminist in my pieces about gamergate and the Spider-Woman cover. Emma Watson gives a wonderful speech about feminism to the UN, then gets threats online. I’ve had it.

Cuoco-Sweeting talks about feminism in the latest issue of RedBook, which will be out next week. When asked if she’s a feminist, she said, “Is it bad if I say no?” She continued, “It’s not really something I think about. Things are different now, and I know a lot of the work that paved the way for women happened before I was around… I was never that feminist girl demanding equality, but maybe that’s because I’ve never really faced inequality.” Yeah, well for those of us that have, thanks a lot.

She also said that she isn’t a feminist because she cooks for her husband five nights a week and it makes her feel like a housewife. “I love that. I know it sounds old-fashioned, but I like the idea of women taking care of their men. I’m so in control of my work that I like coming home and serving him.” That’s fine. I have no issue with that at all. And Kaley, you know why you can do that? Because of feminism. It’s a freaking choice because of the feminists that went before you. You can work, be a housewife, cook for your man or have him cook for you, hold a job and have kids, make more money … all of it because of feminists. You know what feminism is? It’s the radical idea that women should be treated equally to men. Imagine that!

Sigh. Is 2014 over yet?

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Jenna Busch

Jenna Busch is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Legion of Leia and has hosted and written for sites like Nerdist, ComingSoon.net, Metro, Birth. Movies. Death., IGN, AOL, Huffington Post and more. She co-hosted Cocktails With Stan with the legendary Stan Lee and has appeared on Attack of the Show, Fresh Ink, Tabletop with Wil Wheaton, in the documentary She Makes Comics, on NPR and Al Jazeera America, and has covered film/TV/gaming/comics for years. She’s currently a co-host on Most Craved. She’s been published in the comics anthology Womanthology, is a chapter author for Star Wars Psychology: Dark Side of the Mind, Game of Thrones Psychology and Star Trek Psychology and more, and owns a terrifying amount of swords and 20-sided dice. There are also those My Little Pony trailer voice overs that give one nightmares.

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  • That’s so disappointing. You may not have faced inequalities or those kinds of hardships in life, but that doesn’t mean you should shrug it off and not support others who are fighting for equality. It’s a real shame that people see this word as a nuisance. Truly…ugh. Diversity in general is seen as something that’s “forced” when people ask for representation in media and for equality. I don’t get it. 2014 has been a real struggle. I really hope things start turning around in 2015.

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