Meryl Streep Thinks Men Are Evolving

In her commencement speech at Barnard College, the actress says men are adapting to stronger women.

Meryl Streep Thinks Men Are Evolving

In her commencement speech at Barnard College, the actress says men are adapting to stronger women.

-Faye Brennan

Meryl Streep

We love when celebrities give commencement speeches – what they say reveals so much. This past Monday, Meryl Streep spoke at Barnard College, a liberal arts school for women in New York. And, in what was most likely an attempt to connect with her all-female audience, she talked about boys.

“Things are changing now,” said Streep, “And it’s in your generation that we’re seeing this. Men are adapting… ‘bout time. They are adapting consciously and also without realizing it for the better of the whole group. They are changing their deepest prejudices to accept and to regard as normal things that their fathers would have found very very difficult and that their grandfathers would have abhorred.”

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Streep told the Barnard graduates she recognized this adaptation in men when they stopped praising her for her work in The Deerhunter, where she played a submissive, cute girl, and started citing her role as the dominant, bossy Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada as their favorite instead. This was proof to her that modern men are more willing to accept and praise powerful, successful women.

Although we agree with the Streep’s point, we must point out, we don’t know one straight guy who has sat through The Devil Wears Prada. Believe us, we tried to get them to watch it, but it just wasn’t going to happen. So who are these men walking up to Streep, saying, “Gosh, I just loved you in that movie! Your outfits were so fierce!” If they were gay, it doesn’t count, because gay men are already way ahead of the rest when it comes to appreciating a strong, smart woman. Just ask our Gay BFF.

But, if they were straight, Streep needs to introduce us! (Salon)

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