Before I jump into the issue of this topic, I’d like to mention 2 categories of women and see if you can find the difference.
The latter group of individuals are bursting with strong, independent and influential ‘feminists’. Whereas the first group would rather not be classed with the term, because they believe it is too strong of a word. I’d like to address right now that the definition of feminism is simply a movement towards the equality of all sexes. It is not female superiority. It is not a direct attack towards the male population. And it is certainly not “too strong of a word”.
To say that you are not a feminist, yet still believe in equality, is a contradiction in itself. And I’m sure that the first group of celebrities don’t want to live in a male-dominated society, consequently they do want to achieve equality between the sexes. Despite this, they are not “feminists”. Now, those who have acknowledged the definition of feminism may either find this extremely disrespectful, or they will wholeheartedly laugh at the gullible celebrities, who have not bothered to open a dictionary and purposely look up the meaning of feminism. It’s about time they are educated into the understanding of what feminism actually is, not only because what they are saying, through a variety of different media platforms, is wrong but also because these celebrities clearly have an impact on their fans- maybe even naive, young girls who are led to believe that all feminists are overpowering and want to be the superior sex, eliminating all male rights. Surely there are ‘radical’ feminists, but not ALL feminists are radicals; generalizing an entire community is as wrong as not knowing what feminism means. However, I will reiterate what I have mentioned before, that feminism is not about female superiority, therefore ‘radical feminism’ does not oppose men, it opposes a patriarchal society.
Nevertheless, there are other celebrities who do understand what feminism is: Emma Watson and her HeForShe Campaign is inspirational to many across the world, Amy Poehler’s book ‘Yes Please’ is jampacked with empowering feminist quotes and Ellen Page has shown her support countless times, through her encouraging speeches. These women, and many more, are uplifting members of the movement for equality. I only wish that Emma, Ellen and Amy could sit down in a room full of all the other female celebrities who don’t understand feminism and lay down the facts. Oh, if only.
One of my favourite quotes on feminism is Aziz Ansari’s: “I feel like if you do believe that men and women have equal rights, if someone asks if you’re a feminist, you have to say yes, because that is how words work.“
So next time someone asks you whether you’re a feminist or not, remember Aziz’s words and say ‘yes’.