Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck attended a charity gala on Wednesday night — Jennifer was hosting while Ben was honored for his work with the Eastern Congo Initiative — and they were both asked on the red carpet about their approach to teaching their daughters about feminism.
"It's not a thing that you teach your kid, it's just the way you live," said Jennifer. "And, you know, I think my kids would love in theory for me to not work, not go to anything, be home every day. And you can do that and be a feminist — I don't think that you need to go to work and be a power-woman to be a feminist. But I want my kids to know that if working is important to me, and if working for Save the Children is important to me, then that's totally valid, and as much as I totally love them, I'm a whole person too."
"I want my girls to love math. I want them to think that being a scientist is the coolest possible job on the planet. I want them to not be afraid to lean toward their femininity; to love carrying a baby doll around; to know how to bake. And to be able to kick a guy's ass—that's why they've been in karate since they were little!"
Added Ben, "Well, [they're] a little young for a sort of Gloria Steinem doctoral thesis, but without getting into exactly what it means politically to be a feminist, our daughters understand what my wife understands full well, which is it's important to be strong, present, and powerful, and accept nothing less than a man would — in fact, ask for more. And, you know, that's part of what I admire so much about my wife, and I know that through her example, my children will absorb that."
Last year, Jennifer said she brought their oldest daughter Violet to the event because she wanted Violet to hear a powerful woman such as then guest Hillary Clinton speak. To which Ben had this to say: "I am excited about Hillary Clinton, among other reasons, because having two little girls, I recognize — and I wouldn't have known this before, I really probably would have been more cavalier about it — having two little girls, I recognize how powerful it would be for them to see a woman be the president of the United States."
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Ben Affleck: We're spending Thanksgiving with the Damons
Matt, Luciana, Jennifer and Ben in Hawaii in 2007
The couple were also asked their family's Thanksgiving plans.
"My mother is staying with us now," said Ben, "and we'll all go down the street to Matt's house. We're all invited. Matt and my family are all like one big extended family for Thanksgiving. I'm looking forward to it a lot. I know I'm not cooking! I'll bring some wine for sure — wine will be flowing — but I'll be focused on the turkey. I know I'll be eating a lot of turkey at Matt's house."
"This year we're going to Matt's house, but usually I cook and Casey and his family come over," Jennifer added, referencing her husband's younger actor brother, Casey Affleck. "This year Casey is going to be in Boston and we'll be home. I'll still cook some stuff," she told Us. "Ben and the kids want me to take my grandmother's sweet potato pudding so I'll make that."
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