The 31-year-old cover girl has a more traditional view when it comes to relationships between men and women.
“I feel like the feminine has been a little undervalued,” she told the magazine. “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…
“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 how relationships work.”
Judging by the resultant outrage, you’d think she was advocating the murder of unborn children, or defending homosexual sex, or – oh shoot. I forgot. Those kinds of things aren’t really outrageous anymore.
Common sense is, though.
Drop so much as a word in support of traditional roles for men and women, and the Feminist Establishment – armed with a withering hatred of all things feminine – will move heaven, earth, and a few galaxies to let you know of its extreme displeasure. “Somebody’s been a naughty, naughty girl.” (Say this in the voice of Chicken Run’s Mrs. Tweedy to get the full effect.)
And of course, there’s something funny about Erin Gloria Ryan’s comment: “Dunst is not paid to write gender theory so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that she’s kind of dumb about it.”
See, had Dunst said something about the utter uselessness of the human male – “and what a miserable creature he is, too!” – I’m betting Ryan would label her a super smart cookie. I imagine there’d be a line somewhere about the actress possessing a “depth of insight that transcends her career in Hollywood.”
Inspiring, isn’t it?