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“The interesting thing about Marilyn, with all of her screwed-up’ ness and all of her obvious problems in life, there was something very truthfully feminine about her and it kind of empowered me to go back to accepting myself as a woman rather than an I’m just another person. I want to be me. I don’t want to be told: "that’s too girly". I have to be tough and in a way she allowed me to get back into being comfortable with being feminine and a female human being rather than just human. You know, I had this really weird attitude when I graduated from college – we were totally feminist and we were totally to sort of like "no make-up". That’s bullshit. You’re selling out, you know. Don’t wear a short dress. No, you’re betraying your entire gender. I mean, that’s what the feeling is. When you’re sort of in an isolated environment where everybody is just purist and then you say wait for a second, I actually enjoy dressing up. Should I be guilty about that? Should I be guilty about that feeling of liking to flirt? No, maybe I can incorporate all o these things into my personality and not be selling myself or anyone else out. Marilyn enjoyed being a woman, enjoyed a man flattering her and pursuing her. So do I.”