Just this week The Daily Beast asked Taylor Swift if she is a feminist and she said, “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.” Because feminism means guys versus girls? (Um, it doesn’t.) Because feminism doesn’t believe that women who work as hard as men deserve the same rewards? (It does. Yet women are still not paid equally.)
Fine, don’t be a feminist. At the very least you can understand what it actually is and not poop on the people who are. My outrage can only be described in GIF form.
So you just said, “I’m not a feminist. I believe [insert definition of feminism, goal of feminism, feminist idea].” Mhmm. Yah, OK.
I don’t understand. I don’t understand. You are a smart, strong, successful woman, but you are not a feminist?
Dude, you’re bumming me out.
You’re bumming me out, dude.
Oh, I get it. You think feminism is militant, man hating, and means women want “special treatment.”
Like when some guys say, “Women have it so easy they get free drinks at clubs! Guys always pay for dinner. You can have sex any time you want” And I am like:
Yeah, feeling unsafe whenever I am alone, getting paid 77% of what men make, having politicians tell me what to do with my body, having magazines tell me I am ugly no matter what, living in fear of rape, date rape, sexual assault, and being told I am a bitch, man hater or annoying when I bring up these points is so fun. I am just having so much fun!
It is icing on the cake when celebs completely shut feminism down. It’s almost as if they think that because they are so successful, all women can be as successful as they are without ever having to run into the obstacles of sexism.
Like female pop stars aren’t pressured to be thin and overtly sexual. Like it wasn’t big news that Marissa Mayer was named CEO of Yahoo because she is a woman and there are basically NO women CEOs. Like every other President we’ve had has been a woman, right?! I’m sorry are we living in the same dimension?
I really think that people just don’t understand what feminism is. It’s not wanting special treatment, it’s wanting fair treatment. It would be nice if we stopped criticizing women about how they look so that we can provide them with more helpful criticisms about how they lead, what they stand for, and the things they do. I don’t want people to be nice or reward me just for being a girl, but I don’t want them to be vain or unnecessarily harsh either. I want to be judged by the same standards as men.
If celebrities and powerful women supported feminism more than it would make regular girls feel more comfortable in acknowledging the ways they are mistreated because of their gender.
When we do have equality it won’t just be women who feel awesome. Men and women will be like:
How do you define feminism? Let us know in the comments!