Speaking frankly

Padma Lakshmi comes from a “long line of feminists,” will only date feminist men

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Top Chef-host Padma Lakshmi, one of our guests at the upcoming Women in the World Summit in New York in April, sat down with the New York Times to discuss her recently published memoir, Love, Loss and What We Ate, revealing she could only ever consider dating fellow feminists. “I would say that I come from a long line of feminists. Maybe my grandmother wouldn’t call herself one — just because she didn’t know to — but if she started describing her philosophies, they would be in line with the notion that men and women are equal. I don’t think I would date somebody who didn’t consider himself a feminist, frankly,” she told the newspaper. She also addressed her struggle with endometriosis, which she also sees as a feminist issue: “If I had prostate cancer, I would have many more options at my disposal. If I couldn’t get an erection, I’d have a lot more options at my disposal,” she explained. “Women are often discriminated against for their gynecology. We suffer the consequences of our reproductive place in the world, but we don’t even get enough paid maternity leave.”

Read the full story at The New York Times.

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