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Ryan Gosling in Only God Forgives (2013)via Wild Bunch

Ryan Gosling: women are ‘more evolved’ than men

‘I think women are better than men. They are stronger’

Sealing his status as the poster boy of Tumblr feminism, Ryan Gosling has revealed that he thinks women are “better”, “stronger”, and “more evolved” than men.

Speaking in a new interview with the Evening Standard, the Drive actor shared his issues with female objectification; stating that he felt it was time for men to be on the “receiving end of the stick”. 

“I grew up with women so I’ve always been aware of it,” he told the paper. “When my mother and I walked to the grocery store, men would circle the block in cars. It was very, very scary, especially as a young boy. Very predatory – a hunt.”

Gosling – who was brought up by his mother and older sister, and has two daughters himself – also highlighted the lessons he’s learned from his own family. “I think women are better than men. They are stronger, more evolved,” he continued. “You can tell especially when you have daughters and you see their early stages, they are just leaps and bounds beyond boys immediately.”

“My home life now is mostly women. They are better than us. They make me better.”

Gosling famously became the face of his own ‘Hey Girl’ meme a few years back, which eventually spawned a book of feminist mantras accompanied by brooding images of the actor (“Hey girl. The post-feminist fetishization of motherhood is deeply rooted in classism, but I still think we’d make cute babies”). Despite feeding the flames at almost every given opportunity, though, he insists he doesn’t understand where the obsession comes from. “I think we’re all confused,” he said on Ellen last month. “It’s unearned anyway, I (don’t) deserve it.”