Anna Kendrick is, without a doubt, killing it at the moment. Not only has she given us a near-perfect answer to whip out when some nosy busybody asks us why we don’t have kids yet (it involves the impending zombie apocalypse), but she’s also been working hard to fight gender stereotypes.
And one of the most irritating of these is the idea that women should be intrinsically ‘nice’.
Continuing the battle cry for nasty women everywhere, Kendrick has taken to her new book – Scrappy Little Nobody – to explain why she has given up on being nice in favour of putting more focus and value on other qualities like passion, intelligence, humour, and practicality.
“As Sondheim said, ‘Nice is different than good,’ ” she writes, adding that she doesn’t put stock in that trait because it doesn’t come naturally to her.
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“I do think that niceness is a set of etiquette and while etiquette is important, I don’t think that it’s more important than core values,” she said.
“You can have really strong core values and kind of be a surly bitch, you know? I always felt like niceness, in the sense that you are following a certain social decorum, was not something that came naturally to me.
“I felt I really beat myself up about it and thought it was something I should really work on and then I thought no, if I actually ask myself, there are qualities that I think are more important and that I think are more valuable.”
It’s not the first time that Kendrick has expressed such an opinion.
Shortly after Gigi Hadid was accused of being ‘unladylike’ (and all because she lashed out at a strange man who attacked her), the Pitch Perfect star took to social media to praise her for standing up for herself.
She wrote: “I tend to dislike naturally beautiful people (because I’m petty) but @GigiHadid with the elbow?
Kendrick made her feelings on the matter even clearer when she added a GIF from Disney’s Hercules, which shows a crowd of women weeping tears of joy, fainting, and, generally, clamouring to get closer to their hero.
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Writing in her book, Kendrick also offered some advice to women on dating – and, in particular, on watching out for men who might damage their self-esteem, or make them feel unsafe in any way.
“Ladies, if you ever date a guy who shows up at your apartment uninvited, or calls you from someone else’s phone when you block his number, or inspires you to attach a little can of Mace to your key ring, tell your friends!” she says firmly.
“They will help you! If a guy threatens self-harm, or tells you that you are the crazy one and all your friends are on his side, they aren’t! Your friends want to help you!”
With gems like this inside it, we’re starting to think that Kendrick’s Scrappy Little Nobody ought to be at the tip-top of our Christmas lists this year…