Marilyn Monroe redefines the definition of a feminist

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by Anne Huang

June 1st is the birthday of many celebrities, but most notably Marilyn Monroe, the blonde bombshell who is known to be a legendary sex symbol during Hollywood in the 1950s. However, just as you think that she was only a “dumb blond”, she was actually a clear-headed feminist that had understood the gap between men and women much earlier than the society she was living in.

Born in the Los Angeles County Hospital on June 1st, Marilyn Monroe was raised by her foster parents. She began her journey in the entertainment industry as a model, and was credited by Emmeline Snively, her first agency’s owner as one of the most hard-working and ambitious models there.

After failing to achieve recognition through her multiple contracts, her breakout period finally came first as minor roles in movies such as The Asphalt Jungle and All about Eve. It slowly then blossomed her into an extremely bankable star and notable sex symbol in movies such as Niagara and Gentlemen Prefer blondes.  

Marilyn Monroe modeling early in her career in 1945 (Image taken from Pixabay)

Her gorgeous blonde locks and iconic floating white dress further secured her the title as the sex symbol of the mid-1950s. Although she is known for her undeniable sex appeal, she was actually much more than that deeper down, and was not the simple blonde gal people just assume her to be.  

In this photo taken Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, a statue of Marilyn Monroe stands in a back dining room at Lefty O’Doul’s restaurant and lounge in San Francisco. The historic baseball memorabilia and piano bar beloved by locals and tourists is set to close this week after its lease expires. Lefty O’Doul’s may return to downtown Union Square, but it’s unclear who will be in charge as the bar’s longtime operator and building owner are fighting over ownership. The establishment’s final day is Wednesday, Feb. 1. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

“Your clothes should be tight enough to show you are a woman but lose enough to show you are a lady.”

While everyone believed her to just be an attractive sex symbol men worships upon, she was actually a modern feminist.

Marilyn Monroe was actually a very tough woman. She had always been fighting for what she believed in and was willing to work hard to reach her goals. Even when she was reluctant to publicly admit herself as a feminist, her hard work toward trying to get equality between men and woman showed how she at least tried to make a positive impact in the world. She also believed that the world can not work one-sided and that if woman and men and work equally side by side, it can bring a huge positive impact on everyone.

Through this concept, Marilyn Monroe was very ahead of her times in terms of truly understanding what “equality for female” is. This is the true spirit of feminism: gender equality is not downgrading men, it’s giving women just as much rights as men have.

Even as a symbol for sex herself, this bombshell still believed that females should not be viewed as objects and possible “properties” of men, and fought very hard in bringing equal opportunities for both genders. It ultimately does not matter if she admitted herself as a feminist or not, she was a woman ahead of her time. Her timeless words are still leaving a very significant impact to this day, and her body as much as her words are both tools she used to be such an underestimated figure.