Feminism is a hot topic these days as quite a lot of people bash it for being hijacked by women who are man-hating and spew venom against men by calling themselves 'feminists'. So much so that they've been named as 'feminazis' in return and there are several groups in social media that make fun of feminists. However, the Ae Dil Hai Mushkil star Anushka Sharma identifies herself as a feminist, and clarified what it means to be a feminist by saying,
"I would like to take this opportunity to first clarify what it means to be a feminist. A feminist is someone - either male or female - who believes in equal rights for men and women. But people have forgotten that definition and look at feminists as an anti-men brigade, and that it's only about men hating women, but that's not the truth."
She further commented, "Feminists are people who are fighting for equal rights for women, because we are at a disadvantageous position. And in that sense, I identify with being a feminist, because I am a liberal and free-thinking person. Why just gender, I believe nobody should be discriminated against on the basis of anything. All human beings should be looked at as humans."
However, Anushka Sharma feels that things have changed drastically and now men and women can co-exist equally in the society with equal opportunities. "Historically, women have had to struggle because of the way society has functioned. But today, we have reached a point where we don't need to live like that. Now, both men and women can coexist with equal rights and opportunities."