Just days after the first lady took flak for telling ABC News’ Tom Llamas that men also need support during #MeToo — “I do stand with women, but we need to show the evidence. You cannot just say to somebody, ‘I was sexually assaulted’ or ‘you did that to me,’” she said — her husband’s alleged former mistress is also expressing her hesitation over how men are portrayed right now.
In a new interview with New York Magazine’s The Cut, the adult film star, director, and writer shrugged off the feminist icon label many of her supporters have given her — because she’s not actually a feminist.
“I don’t think I necessarily try to help women, I just try to help people,” the Full Disclosure author told journalist Olivia Nuzzi. “I’m not a feminist.
“I just don’t think that it should matter,” she continued. “What’s between somebody’s legs. I used to be really annoyed that people would be like, ‘Oh, Stormy Daniels is the best female director.’ And I’d be like, ‘What does my vagina have to do with it? She hasn’t directed s***.’”
When pressed, Daniels — who appears topless for the magazine shoot — spoke of her concern with how she thinks men are being treated in the #MeToo “climate.”
“I feel sorry for men right now,” she said. “It’s not a good climate to have a penis. It’s actually sexist to accuse men as a whole of something, you know? It’s just — I don’t know. A guy can’t even open a door for a lady without being called a pig.”
Daniels added that she initially felt “emotionally overwhelmed” by the “heavy, heavy s***” she heard from victims of sexual assault who saw her as a kindred spirit — “women are saying, ‘I was molested or I was raped, and you’ve given me the inspiration to file charges against my boss.’” She’s since grown more accepting of her image as a force against President Trump, but is quick to not align her personal and allegedly consensual experience with #MeToo.
“When people tried to attach the #MeToo movement to me, I was like, ‘abso-f***ing-lutely not,’” she said. “Because I’m not #MeToo. No one forced me.
“I’m not a victim. It’s really annoying. It takes power away from the people who’ve been assaulted or raped or sexual-harassed by their boss.”
Daniels’s interview is on newsstands now.
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