Helen Mirren: ‘Women Are Still Toddlers In This Modern World’

Helen Mirren has never been one to shy away from controversy, so it doesn’t come as a surprise that she has a remarkably strong opinion on feminism and women’s individuality.

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Speaking to the Daily Mail’s You Magazine, the actress said: “Women are still toddlers in this modern world, trying to find their position in the age of sexual liberation, birth control, education and financial independence.

“We’re still finding our path. And yes, we’re making a lot of mistakes along the way.”

Interestingly, one of the mistakes she referred to was allowing men to sling their arm around our shoulders, which, up until now, was predominantly viewed as an act of affection. “It annoys me when I see men with an arm slung round their girlfriend’s shoulders. It’s like ownership. Of course, when you’re young, you want the guy to take your hand and look after you.

“But when I see girls being leaned on, I want to say, ‘Tell him to get his damned arm off your shoulder.’”

This, she said, was a characteristic of our age, wherein women presumably still look to their male partner as the protector and/or the bread winner. Arguably, it’s clear that we’ve made positive progress towards closing the gap between genders over the last decade, however Mirrin makes a fair point in saying that we’re still navigating our way, because we are.

Only in recent years has the feminist movement really started to catch on and quite frankly, it’s only as people keep publicly addressing the issue that we’re reminded to have a voice and take action. Sadly, complacency can be far more appealing than conflict.

So what’s a girl to do? “At 70 years old, if I could give my younger self one piece of advice, it would be to use the words “f*** off” much more frequently,” said the actress. She also insisted in the interview that we need to take responsibility for what emerges from the film industry and magazines.

Referring to breaking out of traditional female roles like the housewife, girlfriend or victim, Mirren advised: “When women complain about the paucity of roles for older women, I say put your energies into changing the way we view each other in real life – then the rest will follow.”

Image via Mirror.co.uk

Best Producers Guild Awards Red Carpet Dresses

Plenty of amazing red carpet dresses at the 25th Producers Guild Awards in LA, from Lupita Nyong’o to Claire Danes.

And congrats to 12 Years a Slave and Gravity who both won best film, a first ever tie!


Helen Mirren has the best celebrity style of the night in her glittering Elie Saab gown.


We’re kind of obsessed with how gorgeous Gillian Anderson is. The elegant grey lace dress is one thing, but just look at that hair and makeup!


Lupita Nyong’o is amazing as always in her salmon-hued Stella McMartney dress and shoes.


Claire Danes is adorable in a chic Dior dress and gold Christian Louboutin heels.


We couldn’t help but include this photo of 12 Years a Slave stars  Brad Pitt and Chiwetel Ejiofor, because, hey, this is how all men should rock the red carpet. And hello, Brad Pitt’s new hair cut? Only Brad could get away with it!

Who has your favourite celebrity style at the Producers Guild Awards?

Photos: Just Jared

Helen Mirren’s Blunt Advice To Young Women

We didn’t think we could love Dame Helen Mirren more than we do, but now she has given some brilliantly candid advice to her hypothetical daughter – and we want to give her a high five.

In an interview with the UK’s Daily Mail, Mirren, 67, spoke out about female empowerment and the need for women to speak up for themselves.

“If I’d had children and had a girl, the first words I would have taught her would have been ‘f*** off’ because we weren’t brought up ever to say that to anyone, were we?

“And it’s quite valuable to have the courage and the confidence  to say, ‘No, f*** off, leave me  alone, thank you very much.’ You see, I couldn’t help saying ‘Thank you very much,’ I just couldn’t help myself.”

Bravo! It might be blunt, but Mirren’s words are something we should hear more of.

The actress also spoke about being a female in the film industry, describing what it was like when she started out.

“The 60s were not great, the 70s were really crap; the  60s and 70s were pretty ghastly,  I think.

“And into the 80s, as an actress, you would be the only female on set, apart from the continuity person, who was always a woman, and maybe your own personal wardrobe person. Otherwise it was completely male, and a particular kind of testosteroney male that was quite hard to deal with.

“You had to have a sense of humour, put your head down, you were never going to be one of the boys, if you know what I mean.”

What do you think of Helen Mirren’s advice for women?

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