Actress Kirsten Dunst is taking heat over comments she made in a new interview with Harper’s Bazaar UK about gender roles and romantic relationships, in which she said, “you need a man to be a man and a woman to be a woman.”

“I feel like the feminine has been a little undervalued,” Dunst told the magazine. “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 mum created.”

The 31-year-old actress continued: ”And sometimes, you need your knight in shining armour. I’m sorry. You need a man to be a man and a woman to be a woman. That’s why relationships work.”

Kirsten Dunst Sparks Debate Over Gender Roles in Harpers Bazaar UK Interview

Kirsten Dunst arrives at the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the JW Marriott on Saturday, April 20, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Jordan Strauss/Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Dunst’s comments touched off flurry of responses, including from Jezebel writer Erin Gloria Ryan, who called her “kind of dumb.”

“I’m not going to couch this much because Kirsten Dunst is not paid to write gender theory so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that she’s kind of dumb about it, just as I wouldn’t be surprised if Gloria Steinem sucked at convincingly and heartbreakingly playing a mysterious oversexed teen who kills herself in a Sofia Coppola movie,” Ryan wrote.

And Stacey Ritzen over at Uproxx called Dunst an “insufferable person,” titling her write-up, “Kirsten Dunst Thinks That Women Should Know Their Place Is In The Home.”

But others have come forward to defend Dunst, agreeing with her take on the roles of men and women in relationships.

Commentator Greg Gutfeld, for instance, lambasted negative responses to the actress’ claims, quipping that even “oxygen angers” some feminists.

“See, to them it’s dumb not to see relationships through the prism of anger, that love is really about power and ideology that forbids traditional old-fashioned gender roles,” he wrote. “So why not marry yourself instead? You never need to get out of sweatpants.”

Others struck a similar tone, including TheBlaze’s own Dana Loesch and actor Adam Baldwin, who defended Dunst on Twitter and told her critics to back off.

Here are just some of the tweets that have been circulating in recent days:

Hi @: FWIW, NEVER apologize to the mob!
Kirsten Dunst Sparks Debate Over Gender Roles in Harpers Bazaar UK Interview
@AdamBaldwin
Adam Baldwin
Oh lay off @ you angry shrieking feminist harpies.
Kirsten Dunst Sparks Debate Over Gender Roles in Harpers Bazaar UK Interview
@DLoesch
Dana Loesch
@ Boo hoo to all the crazy femi-nazis attacking you for saying what you said. Now, please don't apologize.
Kirsten Dunst Sparks Debate Over Gender Roles in Harpers Bazaar UK Interview
Kirsten Dunst comes out in support of traditional gender roles, liberals are freaking out! http://t.co/iSLnB4R36T
Kirsten Dunst Sparks Debate Over Gender Roles in Harpers Bazaar UK Interview
@MyConservative
Conservative Opinion
"you need a man to be a man, and a woman to be a woman"~~ @ A woman empowered to be what SHE wants! Eloquently stated! #Truth
Kirsten Dunst Sparks Debate Over Gender Roles in Harpers Bazaar UK Interview
@GibsonDonalgbsn
Donna Gibson
Harpies gonna harp. RT @: Oh lay off @ you angry shrieking feminist harpies.
Kirsten Dunst Sparks Debate Over Gender Roles in Harpers Bazaar UK Interview
@MarcHilliker
Marc Hilliker
Hey @ sorry that feminists are mad that you like being a woman & like your man to be manly. Doesn't seem odd to me.
Kirsten Dunst Sparks Debate Over Gender Roles in Harpers Bazaar UK Interview
@ChrisLoesch
Chris Loesch
Hey @ , it was very refreshing to read what you stated in @ about #gender roles. Finally, some sanity in print :)
Kirsten Dunst Sparks Debate Over Gender Roles in Harpers Bazaar UK Interview
@SMichelMusic
Sergio Michel
@ @ Feminists are actually holding women back. By telling us what we should think, feel, like &want. #GoAwayFeminists
Kirsten Dunst Sparks Debate Over Gender Roles in Harpers Bazaar UK Interview
@ConservRachel
Rachel Danielle
QFE: "You Need a Man to Be a Man and a Woman to Be a Woman" - @ ~ http://t.co/Kw1VNEhfVu ~ #FemiNazi #TwitterInquisition Looms…
Kirsten Dunst Sparks Debate Over Gender Roles in Harpers Bazaar UK Interview
@AdamBaldwin
Adam Baldwin
I've got news for the banshees at @ Moms that are able to stay at home and nurture their kids are a treasure! @
Kirsten Dunst Sparks Debate Over Gender Roles in Harpers Bazaar UK Interview

Dunst hasn’t publicly weighed in on the reaction.

(H/T: Twitchy)