Kirsten Dunst says relationships work because of traditional gender roles

Kirsten Dunst Gender Roles

Kirsten Dunst is raising some eyebrows with her recent comments about traditional gender roles and relationships.

“Sometimes, you need your knight in shining armour. I’m sorry,” Kirsten told Harpers Bazaar UK, acknowledging the controversial nature of her statement. “You need a man to be a man and a woman to be a woman. That’s why relationships work.”

Kirsten explained she appreciates the example set by her mother, who worked as an artist while staying at home with her two children.

“We all have to get our own jobs and make our own money, but staying at home, nurturing, being the mother, cooking — it’s a valuable thing my mom created,” Kirsten said.

Kirsten Dunst - Garrett Hedlund

Kirsten added that many women have veered too far away from traditional gender roles — resulting in “the feminine” becoming “a little undervalued.”

Although the actress isn’t married and doesn’t currently have children, those steps seem to be on her and boyfriend Garrett Hedlund’s minds. And, when those times come, she wants more job flexibility.

“I’m not interested in directing right now. Maybe in three years,” Kirsten said. “Who knows? Maybe I’ll have children then.”

Do you agree with Kirsten that gender roles are “why relationships work?

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