We were so excited when Katy Perry won the Billboard Woman of the Year title–considering her massive success for Teenage Dream and all of its singles, her movie, her California Dreams tour, and even her perfume and eyelash lines, she totally deserved the honor.
But we were so bummed when she said the following:
“I am not a feminist, but I do believe in the strength of women.”
Um, Katy? You clearly don’t know what the word “feminist” means. A feminist is, by definition (seriously, you can look it up), someone who thinks men and women, boys and girls, ladies and gentlemen, should all be treated equally. Feminists don’t want to go around castrating dudes–feminists are more like Lily Ledbetter, who’s all, “Hey, why’s this dude making more money than me for doing the same job with the same amount of experience?”
If Katy Perry really isn’t a feminist, we’re surprised she campaigned for Barack Obama so heavily, because it’d mean she didn’t believe in her own right to vote. If Katy Perry really isn’t a feminist, she wouldn’t mind if, hypothetically speaking, Justin Bieber earned about 30 percent more money than she did to perform at the same concert. If Katy Perry really isn’t a feminist, she wouldn’t mind being illiterate and staying home all day instead of working. And she certainly wouldn’t need so many sweet rides, because women totes shouldn’t be able to drive, right?
The fact that Katy Perry doesn’t think she’s a feminist doesn’t mean she’s not a feminist. It just means she’s really ignorant about what feminism stands for–and it’s a shame that she’s sending that message to girls everywhere, because it implies that they should be somewhat embarrassed for not wanting to be second class citizens. In reality, feminism shouldn’t embarrass Katy Perry. But songs about binge drinking, shooting whipped cream from her bra, and having loud sex with notorious scuzzbucket John Mayer probably should.
Do you think Katy Perry really isn’t a feminist? Do you think Katy Perry saying she’s not a feminist is detrimental to feminism? Do you consider yourself a feminist? Tell us in the comments!