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Not With The Band: Why Are Pop Stars Afraid Of The Word Feminism?


Strong doesn’t mean feminist for Katy

I don’t understand why young rock-pop stars are afraid of the word feminism, if you take the definition in the dictionary you get the sentence: ‘the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities’, it is as simple as that, and I don’t get why women feel the need to distance themselves from such a clear concept!

Last week, Lana Del Rey added her two cents on the feminist debate and she looked dumb, I am sorry there’s no other way to put it. This is what she said: ‘For me, the issue of feminism is just not an interesting concept. . . Whenever people bring up feminism, I’m like, god. I’m just not really that interested. I’m more interested in, you know, SpaceX and Tesla, what’s going to happen with our intergalactic possibilities.’

Who does she think she is now, a rocket science engineer? It was a stupid answer because she obviously wouldn’t be able to do whatever she is doing now if generations of women hadn’t fought and struggled for it… she answers like an ignorant rich privileged female… may be she should ask women from Afghanistan, Congo, Iraq or Sudan (just to name a few countries) where woman are tortured, raped and enslaved daily, if they find it a boring concept.

But Lana is not the only one, by far.

Kelly Clarkson declared to Time magazine in 2013: ‘No, I wouldn’t say feminist — that’s too strong. I think when people hear feminist, it’s like, ‘Get out of my way, I don’t need anyone.’ I love that I’m being taken care of and I have a man that’s a leader. I’m not a feminist in that sense’.

Taylor Swift declared here in 2012, ‘I don’t really think about things as guys versus girls. I never have. I was raised by parents who brought me up to think if you work as hard as guys, you can go far in life.’

Both of these declarations are so idiotic! Again this is trampling on centuries of struggle to get there and ignoring the real concept of feminism. But Lady Gaga was even worst if it is possible: ‘I’m not a feminist. I hail men, I love men, I celebrate American male culture — beer, bars, and muscle cars.’

Katy Perry is too afraid of the word, even though she contradicts a bit herself when she said this to Billboard magazine: ‘I am not a feminist, but I do believe in the strength of women.’ Same deal for Carrie Underwood who said this to Cosmopolitan: ‘I wouldn’t go so far as to say I am a feminist, that can come off as a negative connotation. But I am a strong female.’

Even Madonna is scared of the word? She reportedly declared ‘I’m not a feminist, I’m a humanist.’ But you can be both Louise! Even Bjork, who I thought was the most intelligent one of all the previous ones, does not get it: ‘[I don’t identify as a feminist] because I think it would isolate me. I think it’s important to do positive stuff. It’s more important to be asking than complaining.’

So you get it, feminists are vengeful women who hate men and compete with them and declaring that you are a feminist can even isolate you from the other women,…it’s a  loaded term that women avoid at any risk, too afraid to look like a men-castrating harpy or a forever-complaining-hag.

Of course there is Beyonce who told British Vogue: ‘I guess I’m a modern-day feminist. I believe in equality, but why do you have to choose what type of woman you are?’ And this triggered a long debate about the pop star and feminism, and a reaction from every feminism specialist living at the surface of the earth. Is her hyper-sexual image an expression of a true feminist? Or not? People disagree endlessly on the subject, I just wonder how much control Beyonce has over her image at this point, but to her defense she sampled a TED talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, ‘We should all be feminists’ in her song ‘Flawless’ and that was a good move. Beside this, I don’t really understand how her numerous bikini pauses on magazine covers and her drunk-in-love pop songs make women more equal to men,… Beyonce wouldn’t be where she is now if she were fat and ugly, so let’s not over-intellectualize her intentions. She has written sexuality all over the word feminism and this is not really what true feminists want… And there is Miley Cyrus who thinks she is the top one: ‘I feel like I’m one of the biggest feminists in the world because I tell women to not be scared of anything’,… again all she teaches is to get naked at the top of a huge ball. I don’t understand why these two are reducing feminism to sexual freedom and being naked. Feminism is about equality in voting, owning property, earning, about workplace rights, protection against domestic violence and sexual assaults. Although these two are not afraid of the word, Cyrus and Mrs. Carter are just making lots of money with sexual demonstrations while grabbing their crotches to the bank, this is really different.

It’s a bit silly to expect our pop stars to understand what feminism is, but some get it right eventually. I had to look outside of music to find someone I agree with,… like Ellen Page who said to the Guardian: ‘I don’t know why people are so reluctant to say they’re feminists. Maybe some women just don’t care. But how could it be any more obvious that we still live in a patriarchal world when feminism is a bad word?’  But yeah Ellen Page is awesome.

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