Magazines: A Farewell to Feminism.


Ahh, Nicole Kidman. You either love her or you hate her.

In her most recent magazine interview, for W, in which she is featured alongside her co-star in Hemingway & Gellhorn, Clive Owen, she discusses the HBO movie about the tumultuous love life of two of America’s greatest writers. Kidman also had this to say about her marriage to Keith Urban:

“He says I’m raw… He thinks the world is not a great place for me because he fears that I’ll be hurt. He says, ‘That’s my job: I’ll protect you’.”

Yes, because one of the most lauded and famous actresses of our time, who was married to the basket case that is Tom Cruise and played such tortured souls as Virginia Woolf, a war activist (Vietnam) and a mother who has lost her son in a car accident needs to be sheltered from the world. And let me guess? She needs her husband’s approval before she buys anything with her millions and must always have dinner on the table for him (which is a bit hard when he’s currently in Australia for The Voice while she’s fiming Grace of Monaco). Because we’re still living in the time Hemingway & Gellhorn is set, didn’t you know?

Image via Pop Sugar.

4 thoughts on “Magazines: A Farewell to Feminism.

  1. Great post, and I hear what you’re saying. However, until both sexes are allowed to need and be needed, and protect and be protected we run the risk of judging women as representing their gender and therefore non-feminist, instead of as individuals who may or may not need personal emotional support from their partner (male or female). Would she be a non-feminist if she had made this statement about her wife?
    Love your blog, just chucking my 2 cents in as a feminist who sometimes needs emotional protection from the world by loved ones.

  2. Hi chr1stm,
    There’s no problem with needing emotional support, but it’s the way it’s phrased that reeks of patriarchy and viewing women as weak. “The world is not a great place for me”? What is that?! Personally, that is not how I would want my significant other to think of me, and certainly not how I would want to think of my significant other.

  3. Good point! The only thing I would add that I forgot the first time is spin. Articles like the one you are critiquing have their own agenda which lies solely in the financial zone. She probably said he said it, he probably said it, but there is some financial benefit to the magazine for that to be one of the quotes they printed. The question is really (sadly) : why is female weakness such a selling point?

  4. I haven’t read the full article but, interestingly, it was a quote reprinted in Who magazine. I haven’t heard about the quote and it’s ramifications in the media anywhere else, but at least this post has sparked conversation!
    Still with selling points, Keith Urban’s most recent choice wisdom has been that he always puts Nicole above his children and he loves her more. Discuss :P

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