By Beatriz Téllez @telleznews
Hollywood star Ryan Gosling has praised women for being “better than men” – after being raised in an all woman environment and now living in a female household.
Canadian actor Gosling, 35, explained that being raised primarily by his mum and his older sister helped him understand the struggles women face in a male dominated world.
“I grew up with women so I’ve always been aware of it. When my mother and I walked to the grocery store, men would circle the block in cars. It was very, very scary, especially as a young boy. Very predatory—a hunt.”
Now married to actress and model Eva Mendes with whom he has two daughters, Gosling claims that women “make [him] better” and that their superiority is even more evident now that he is a father.
“I think women are better than men,” The Nice Guys actor said. “They are stronger, more evolved. You can tell especially when you have daughters and you see their early stages, they are just leaps and bounds beyond boys immediately.”
Surrounded by women all his life, he considers himself 49 percent woman.
“Sometimes 47 percent, it depends on what day you catch me” he joked.
While his comments were generally well received, some have argued that “women are better than men” is a problematic statement that creates double standards
for gender equality.
Then I'm afraid Ryan Gosling is either patronizing or sexist. https://t.co/CiSxG1koTU
— Neha Srivastava (@neha_aks) June 2, 2016
— MapleLeafChief87 (@HighPreach87) June 2, 2016
Gosling also touched on the race for the White House. “I think it needs a woman’s touch” he told ES magazine, leaving many to assume he endorses democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
Gosling is starring in The Nice Guys alongside Russell Crowe in cinemas now. The movie tells the story of Holland March (Ryan Gosling) an unlucky private eye in 1977 Los Angeles.
Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) plays a hired enforcer who gets paid to attack people in the film set in the ’70s. Fate brings the pair together after a young woman, Amelia (Margaret Qualley) mysteriously disappears.
Watch the trailer here: