"I'm not #MeToo. No one forced me," says Daniels.
In an interview with The Cut published Monday, the adult film actress spoke about the fallout of her now-infamous alleged romp with Donald Trump, being compared to Monica Lewinsky, and how she deals with Twitter trolls.
Daniels explained that she finds it "so fun" and a "great sport" to clap back at her haters, of which she has many.
"They'll be like, 'Whore.' And I'm like, 'Yes?' I mean, I guess I feel the most powerful when someone tries to take my power or belittle me or insult me and it doesn't work," Daniels said. "I've sort of taken all their power away from them."
When asked if she feels an obligation to use her newfound platform in a particular way, Daniels said, "I don't think I necessarily try to help women, I just try to help people. I'm not a feminist."
"I just don't think that it should matter...what's between somebody's legs," she added. "I used to be really annoyed that people would be like, 'Oh, Stormy Daniels is the best female director.' And I'd be like, 'What does my vagina have to do with it? She hasn't directed shit.'"
"That's a feminist statement, isn't it?" the reporter asked the adult filmmaker. Daniels seemed to avoid the question and switched gears.
"I feel sorry for men right now," she answered. "It's not a good climate to have a penis. It's actually sexist to accuse men as a whole of something, you know? It's just -- I don't know. A guy can't even open a door for a lady without being called a pig."
Daniels also spoke to the publication about the aftermath of the scandal that erupted when her alleged affair with Trump -- which he denies -- went public, saying it's become an "emotionally overwhelming" position to be in.
The adult movie star pointed out how the "middle-aged white guys [who] are usually Trump fans" have been replaced with "large groups of women," some of whom are rape survivors who tell Daniels that she has inspired them to file charges.
Despite this, Daniels stressed that she does not want to associated with #MeToo.
"In beginning, when people tried to attach the #MeToo movement to me, I was like, 'Abso-f--king-lutely not,'" she said. "Because I'm not #MeToo. No one forced me."
"I'm not a victim," she continued. "It's really annoying. It takes power away from the people who've been assaulted or raped or sexual-harassed by their boss."
Daniels also had thoughts for people comparing her scandal to that of Lewinsky and Bill Clinton. The film star was asked if she would consider her situation -- like Lewinsky's -- "exploitation" even if it was "consensual technically."
"Maybe in her case, because he was the president and she was an intern," Daniels said. "Trump was not the president, he was just an idiot at a golf tournament. I don't like the idea of sex being used for power, unless you're into some role-playing thing. A lot of women misuse sex as power."
"They'll withhold sex from their partner to get what they want, or they'll entice their partner," she continued. "I think sex can be empowering -- speak up in bed, take control of your body, say what you like. Be willing to be very honest with the person you're with and not be afraid to say no or yes, "More, please." I think that's sort of what people are getting from me: They might not enjoy the porn aspect, but I'm owning it."
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