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Chris Pratt: Guardian of Gender Equality

Chris Pratt, an actor best known for his roles as Peter Quill, or Star-Lord, in Guardians of the Galaxy, Owen Grady in Jurassic World, and Andy Dwyer in Parks and Recreations, is taking some time out of his busy life to advocate for gender equality.

In 2015, Chris Pratt accepted the award show Spike’s Guy of the Year award. During the speech, Pratt advocated for gender equality, saying, “I want to take a moment to advocate for the equality — socially, economically and politically — of our beautiful women. Some in uniform, some in other uniforms: ladies, holding it down, I love you. My life is run by you, my mother, my wife, my manager, and everyone else.”

In an interview with BBC’s Radio 4 Front Row, Pratt also talked about his newfound sex symbol status. He talks about the switch he made from being the “lovable but schlubby Andy Dwyer from Parks and Recreation to Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy. He told BBC Radio 4 that, a huge part of how my career has shifted is based simply on the way that I look, on the way that I have shaped my body to look.”

Pratt mentioned in an interview with Men’s Health UK that at one point he weighed about 300 pounds. He also admitted that his weight raised a lot of health concerns, and that he struggled with his own self-image.

Pratt later added in his interview with BBC, however, that, contrary to the interviewer’s assertions, he doesn’t mind being objectified for his body. He explained, “I think it’s okay, I don’t feel appalled by it. I think it’s appalling that for a long time only women were objectified, but I think if we really want to advocate for equality, it’s important to even things out. Not objectify women less, but objectify men just as often as we objectify women.”

Pratt seems to believe that at the very least we should be objectifying men in the same way and as often as we objectify women. While this isn’t exactly a woman’s standard priority for achieving gender equality, it is an important step in recognizing the challenges that women often face. Pratt went on to try to clarify his answer by saying, “There are a lot of women who got careers out of [their bodies], and I’m using it to my advantage. And at the end of the day, our bodies are objects. We’re just big bags of flesh and blood and meat and organs that [we are given] to drive around.”

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