“The ideal feminist world shouldn’t be one where women suppress their human instincts for attention and desire,” writes the Gone Girl star, who appears on one of three covers for the magazine’s October issue. “We shouldn’t be weighed down with the responsibility of explaining our every move. We shouldn’t have to apologize for wanting attention either.”
“Think about how many times you’ve heard a woman say about another woman, ‘Oh, she’s just doing that for attention,’” she continues. “Our society tells women we can’t be sexy and confident and opinionated about politics. This would allow us too much power. Instead our society asks us to declare and defend our motivations, which makes us second-guess them, all while men do what they please without question.”
Ratajkowski also calls out sexism in pop culture by comparing the reactions male and female celebrities get when dressing provocatively and displaying sexy moves on stage.
“Mick Jagger is 73 and he still sometimes wears his shirt open and gyrates onstage,” she states. “We understand that this is a part of his performance and artistic brand. Meanwhile, when Madonna, who is 58 and a revolutionary in that same kind of artistic sexuality, wears a sheer dress to the Met Gala, critics call her ‘a hot mess’ who’s ‘desperate.’
“They are both performers who undoubtedly like attention. So why does Madonna get flak for it while Jagger is celebrated?”