Kirsten DunstIt's been a while since actress Kirsten Dunst has been in the headlines, but I'm guessing she's going to get quite a bit of attention for the recent comments she made to Harper’s Bazaar UK. It turns out that Dunst is quite the traditionalist when it comes to gender roles, which wouldn't necessary be such a controversial thing to admit -- if she hadn't taken things a step too far by implying that everyone needs "a man to be a man and a woman to be a woman."

Oh dear. I'm not saying a politically correct shitstorm is for sure coming her way, but ... well, let's just say I hope Dunst also embraces that other traditional belief: there's no such thing as bad publicity.

Here are a few of the thoughts on gender and femininity that Dunst covers in the May issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK:

I feel like the feminine has been a little undervalued.  We all have to get our own jobs and make our own money, but staying at home, nurturing, being the mother, cooking -- it's a valuable thing my mom created.

Okay, that's not too bad. I'm not sure I totally understand the point she's making -- that if women's feminine qualities weren't so undervalued, we could all stay home nurturing instead of having careers? That preparing food and caring for children is "feminine"? -- but I can understand the perspective that she has great admiration for what her mother did.

Unfortunately, she didn't stop there.

And sometimes, you need your knight in shining armor. I'm sorry. You need a man to be a man and a woman to be a woman. That's why relationships work.

Ummmm ...

Look, there's no law against believing that adhering to traditional gender roles is what makes your own relationship work. This is America, land of the free, and Kirsten Dunst has every right in the world to feel that way and also maybe to engage in a little fairy tale fantasy sexytime as per Cosmo's instructions: You're the virginal princess, and he's the prince charming trying to rescue you from the evil queen.

But you don't really get to make blanket statements like "that's why relationships work" without a raft of outrage floating your way. Which relationships? The same sex ones? The transgender ones? The ones where Dad stays home with the kids? The ones involving a strong independent woman who doesn't rely on a knight in shining armor to make her happy?

There are lots of reasons why Kirsten Dunst's words are going to be offensive to people, and really, she should have known that. In fact, I'm pretty sure she knew exactly how she sounded, because that's the only reason to slip in a non-apology halfway through.


What do you think of Kirsten Dunst's comments?


Image via Harper's Bazaar