She’s supportive but cautious. Country music legend Dolly Parton is often heralded as a feminist icon, so it would make sense that Dolly would be very supportive of the #MeToo movement — a social media campaign that started shortly after the sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein last year, in order to show how many women have experienced sexual assault and harassment in their lifetime. But Dolly also expressed her concerns about the movement in an interview with The Mail on Sunday’s Event magazine.
“I am very supportive of those women who are speaking out — no woman should be abused — but we can’t turn it into saying all men are bad. I don’t like that,” the 72-year-old told The Mail on Sunday’s Event.
She added that she learned from a very early age how to avoid harassment or assault from men from her father — and she also revealed that he gave her a gun to use to protect herself, and she used it once to scare off a man who harassed her in NYC by firing off a warning shot.
“It was my daddy who taught me how to handle myself with men, to take responsibility for making sure I never got into a situation I couldn’t handle,” Dolly continued. “If you’re a woman, you’ve got to be aware of yourself.”
Dolly also went on to explain that she understood being a woman in the music industry meant she would be ogled by men, and she revealed admitted that she would exploit her busty figure in order to succeed in her music career.
“I always understood guys would want to look at my boobs. I would say in a business meeting, ‘I’ll give you a minute to look at these but then I want you to listen to what I have to say because I’m here to make money for all of us,'” she said. “I’ve built my own business and never had to do anything I didn’t want to do. So much of that is down to what my daddy taught me. I’m a woman who has had success because of what she got from a man.”