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Sean Penn Believes "Cowardly Genes" Have Led Men To Wear Skirts

Academy Award-winning actor Sean Penn has been making headlines recently by sharing his controversial views regarding modern American masculinity and how he believes it's fallen by the wayside for the sake of feminism.

As more publications ask him to elaborate on this opinion, he continues to dig himself deeper by espousing the same views, drawing the ire of many online.

Earlier this month, actor and director Sean Penn made quite a controversial statement.

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In an interview with inews, he said he thinks “there has been an absence of male behavior”. He further elaborated by saying, “I am in the club that believes that men in American culture have become wildly feminized.” 

He shares his belief that this ‘feminization’ is happening due to men wanting to express sympathy towards women.

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“I don’t think that being a brute or having insensitivity or disrespect for women is anything to do with masculinity, or ever did. But I don’t think that [in order] to be fair to women, we should become them.”

Recently, in an interview with The Independent this time, he double-downed on this opinion.

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They asked him to clarify these comments in particular, to which he said, “I think that men have, in my view, become quite feminized. [...] There are a lot of, I think, cowardly genes that lead to people surrendering their jeans and putting on a skirt.”

These comments come as he’s promoting the UK release of his film “Flag Day”.

The film stars him and both of his children, daughter Dylan and son Hopper, of which Dylan has been present for many of the promotional interviews, including the recent one with The Independent.

The publication pointed out that Penn's comments about men becoming "quite feminized" had Dylan “quiet, staring into space.”

He's now facing quite a bit of backlash for his views.

Sean Penn in sunglasses, one hand raised in a wave.
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Though, this isn't the first time he's been caught up in controversy regarding feminism. In 2018, he wrote off the #MeToo movement as “not intellectually honest” and “led by mania”. This came after allegations of his own regarding violence towards ex-wife Madonna, though both have since denied those claims.

h/t: Variety