It Took Rashida Jones ‘A Long Time’ to ‘Be OK With’ This
By Alanna Vagianos
As if actress and all-around feminist superwoman Rashida Jones hadn’t already turned us into hardcore tween fan-girls, the “Parks And Recreation” star’s most recent comments have us seriously swooning. The Harvard grad sat down with The Guardian’s Hadley Freeman to discuss her final farewell to “Parks And Rec,” funny women in Hollywood and the “full princess fantasy.”
After allegations of “slut-shaming” Hollywood actresses during an October 2013 Twitter debacle, Jones clarified and expanded on her perception of a “pornification” of pop culture in a column for Glamour magazine. The actress told The Guardian: “I’m just asking people to take a breath and talk about it. I also wanted to say there’s more than one way to be a woman and be sexy — like, you’re a really great dancer, or you’re really f**king smart.”
Jones also discussed her frustration with the value put on marriage as an achievement for women — and how she overcame the narrative that women can’t be happy without it:
I had the full princess fantasy: the white horse, the whole being saved from my life, which is ridiculous. What do I want to be saved from? My life’s great! But it’s just this weird thing that’s been hammered into my head culturally: that’s the only way to succeed, that’s the only thing that counts for a woman. I’m happy, but the fact that I’m not married and don’t have kids – it’s taken me a long time to get to a place where I actually am OK with that, where I actually don’t feel like I’m some sort of loser.
While Jones has had to defend some of her positions, there’s no question she is committed to women’s equality — if not superiority.