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I am not a feminist at all, but believes in equality: Trisha

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Actor Trisha addressed the press on Sunday to promote her upcoming horror film Mohini, where she was asked about pay disparity, gender bias at workplace and more. The actor's response has left many in shock. Speaking about gender bias, she said, "Gender bias is universal, something that's there in every industry. I'm not a feminist at all. I believe in equality. Fortunately, my journey has been very cushioned in this industry. I haven't felt the bias."
The accepted definition of feminism in simple terms is "the advocacy of women's rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes". Despite feminism standing for equality, both Indian and international celebrities have taken pains to emphasise that they are not feminists but believe in equality. It can be ignorance or an attempt to avoid tags that come from being a feminist. Both are hard to fathom for women in influential positions who are reaping the benefits of what feminism has achieved till date.
In Trisha's case, the comment is especially shocking as she was recently appointed UNICEF's Celebrity Advocate for child rights.
She also spoke about pay disparity and said that the actors are able to demand more money because the movie sells on their name. When actors like Nayanthara and Samantha Akkineni are enjoying stardom that is equal to their male contemporaries in the industry, this excuse for pay disparity in the industry from an actor who has been a part of it for two decades now is surprising.

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