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Sean Penn: Men sacrificing their masculinity is “cowardly”

Hollywood actor Sean Penn has said that men are “cowardly” for giving up their masculinity, saying that males should not have to become “feminised” to show respect to women.

The remarks were made last week during an interview with the Independent, where Penn was asked about prior remarks he had made regarding masculinity in society.

“I don’t think that being a brute or having insensitivity or disrespect for women has anything to do with masculinity, or ever did,” he had said previously.

“But I don’t think that to be fair to women, we should become them.”

Asked to expand on these comments, Penn elaborated.

“I think that men have, in my view, become quite feminised.”

“I have these very strong women in my life who do not take masculinity as a sign of oppression toward them,” he said.

“There are a lot of, I think, cowardly genes that lead to people surrendering their jeans and putting on a skirt.”

Previously in 2018, Penn spoke out strongly against the #MeToo movement, which encouraged women to come forward en masse regarding alleged abuse they had received at the hands of men in Hollywood and elsewhere.

“This is a movement that was largely shouldered by a kind of receptacle of the salacious,” he had said.

“We don’t know what’s a fact in many of the cases. Salacious is as soon as you call something a movement that is really a series of many individual accusers, victims, accusations, some of which are unfounded.”

He continued: “The spirit of much of what has been the #MeToo movement is to divide men and women.

“I don’t want it to be a trend, and I’m very suspicious of a movement that gets glommed on to in great stridency and rage and without nuance.

“And even when people try to discuss it in a nuanced way, the nuance itself is attacked. I think it’s too black and white. In most things that are very important, it’s really good to just slow down.”

He described it as “not intellectually honest”, “a movement led by mania” and full of “self-aggrandisement and venting.”

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