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Helen Mirren; ‘calling women 'feisty' makes me gag’

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Helen Mirren has dismissed the terms ‘feisty’ and ‘sassy’ as offensive to women.  

In the interview with The Times the 69-year-old called for new definitions for women saying “we need new words for female power and funniness and smartness.”

She also went on to say how explain why she hated the word feisty. “Only women are feisty,” said the star. “It just makes me gag.”

In the candid interview, the actress also shared her opinion on the decade in history that saw the most negative impact on women. 

While many heralded the Seventies as being the era of female empowerment, due to the sexual revolution sparked by the invention of the pill the decade before, The Queen star said that the era was worse for women than“the f**king Forties and Fifties”.

“I was thinking about the Seventies which, unfortunately, was when I was at my prime, age-wise. Men saw that [era] as a sort of, ‘Oh fantastic. We can f**k anything, however we like, whenever we like! They’re up for grabs, boys!’ It was that kind of attitude.”

Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds in The Woman in Gold

Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds in Woman in Gold

The actress, who has homes in London, New York and LA with director husband Taylor Hackford, also spoke out about how damaging “the level of cruelty and judgementalism” of women towards other women “than from men to women nowadays”.

The Oscar-winner has a history of being outspoken in interviews, including the infamous chat with Michael Parkinson in 1975 when she called him out for mentioning her sexy looks and asking if it was difficult to be taken seriously as an actress as a result. 

Currently, she is starring in the Woman in Gold with Ryan Reynolds and Katie Holmes. The film is based on the true story of an elderly Jewish refugee living in Los Angeles who, with her young lawyer, E. Randol Schoenberg, fought the Austrian government to reclaim Gustav Klimt's iconic painting of her aunt, which was confiscated from her relatives by the Nazis in Vienna just prior to World War II. 

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