We spend a lot of time talking about feminism here at Gurl, because it’s really important. And lately, the rest of the world has been doing the same – one of the most asked questions in any celebrity interview is, “Would you call yourself a feminist?” That would be fantastic if what everyone had to say actually made sense. Unfortunately, though, there are a ton of quotes about feminism that prove that a lot of people still have no idea what the word really means.
Here’s what it means to be a feminist: you want equal rights for both men and women. That’s it. No, really, it’s that simple. But because of the negative connotation surrounding the word, a lot of people are hesitant to identify as feminists. That unfortunately includes strong female celebrities who could be spending their time empowering their younger fans to identify as feminists also – instead, they are shunning the word, afraid of what it means to call themselves feminists because they obviously don’t understand it. By doing that, they are continuing to spread that negative connotation.
It feels like I am being disappointed by female stars who don’t want to call themselves feminists at least once a month. Celebs who I thought knew better keep saying things about feminism that are completely backwards – or just make zero sense. It’s so frustrating! Here are 12 of the worst celebrity quotes about feminism.
Shailene WoodleyIn a recent interview with Time, Shailene seriously bummed me out when she gave this odd, rambling answer to the question, "Are you a feminist?" It basically makes no sense. She said, "No because I love men, and I think the idea of ‘raise women to power, take the men away from the power’ is never going to work out because you need balance. With myself, I’m very in touch with my masculine side. And I’m 50 percent feminine and 50 percent masculine, same as I think a lot of us are. And I think that is important to note. And also I think that if men went down and women rose to power, that wouldn’t work either. We have to have a fine balance." The thing she obviously doesn't get is that feminism isn't about women being more powerful than men. It's about men and women being equal. Also, feminism has nothing to do with how traditionally masculine or feminine you may be. Source: Adriana M. Barraza/WENN.com
Taylor SwiftAfter listening to a lot of Taylor Swift's music, I can't say I'm surprised that she doesn't identify as a feminist. In an interview with The Daily Beast, Taylor was asked if she considers herself a feminist,a nd 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." Hm, okay. That's great, but feminism isn't about pitting guys against girls. It's about equality. Source: DJDM/WENN.com
BeyonceAlthough Beyonce didn't dismiss feminism altogether, her initial quote about it was pretty disappointing, considering it was coming from Beyonce. During an interview with Vogue she said, "I guess I am a modern-day feminist. I do believe in equality. Why do you have to choose what type of woman you are? Why do you have to label yourself anything? I'm just a woman and I love being a woman… I do believe in equality and that we have a way to go and it's something that's pushed aside and something that we have been conditioned to accept." The thing that really gets me is the "I guess..." Beyonce later said a lot of great things about feminism that make up for this quote, so she's forgiven. Source: Michael Carpenter/WENN.com
Carrie UnderwoodCarrie Underwood's unfortunate quote makes me sad. She said, "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." But nooooo, Carrie. No. You are contributing to that negative connotation just by refusing to call yourself a feminist! Source: Alberto Reyes/WENN.com
Katy PerryI don't want to be mean, but Katy Perry clearly has no idea what feminism means. When she was first asked if she was a feminist, Katy said, "I am not a feminist, but I do believe in the strength of women… This social revolution of feminism in the ’70s really achieved so many of its goals—not every single one of them, obviously—but I think we should say it’s great that these young women don’t feel like they need to be feminists." Huh? What? Does anyone understand that? Katy later changed her mind, and in an interview said, “A feminist? Um, yeah, actually. I used to not really understand what that word meant, and now that I do, it just means that I love myself as a female and I also love men.” No, honey. That's not what it means. Source: Brian To/WENN.com
Kelly ClarksonKelly Clarkson has obviously believed all of the stereotypes she's heard about feminism. She delivered this disappointing quote when asked about feminism: “I wouldn’t say [I'm a] feminist, that’s too strong. I think when people hear feminist it’s just 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 an actual leader. I’m not a feminist in that sense … but I’ve worked really hard since I was 19, when I first auditioned for Idol.” Well... that's great that you've worked hard, I guess? Source: Ivan Nikolov/WENN.com
Lady GagaSince Lady Gaga has taken such a strong stance on LGBT issues and bullying, I have to admit, I was pretty surprised when she took such a strong stance against feminism. In one interview, Gaga said: "I'm not a feminist. I hail men, I love men. I celebrate American male culture, and beer, and bars and muscle cars…" Look, let's get this straight, guys: feminism does not mean you hate men. It doesn't mean you can't celebrate "male culture." It just means you want EQUAL RIGHTS. Source: C.Smith/ WENN.com
Farrah AbrahamThis has to be the dumbest quote I have ever heard in my life. When asked if she considered herself a feminist, Farrah responded by saying, "I'm pretty feminine. I think so." The reporter had to clarify: "Not feminine. Feminist." And Farrah said, "What does that mean, you're a lesbian or something?" GIRL. Educate yourself. That is just embarrassing. Source: FayesVision/WENN.com
Geri HalliwellThe Spice Girls was such an empowering group for women that you would think that the members would identify as feminists. But not Geri Halliwell. In one interview, she said: "It's about labeling. For me feminism is bra-burning lesbianism. It's very unglamorous. I'd like to see it rebranded. We need to see a celebration of our femininity and softness." Um... kay. Source: Wenn.com
BjorkOther celebrities, like Bjork, also equate feminism with negativity. When asked if she considered herself a feminist, Bjork said no "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 I guess according to Bjork, feminism is about complaining instead of trying to do something positive. Makes sense. Except it doesn't. At all. Source: Wenn.com
Demi MooreOther celebrities who are hesitant of identifying as feminists would rather be called humanists. Demi Moore said, “I am a great supporter of women, but I have never really thought of myself as a feminist, probably more of a humanist because I feel like that’s really where we need to be." Hm, okay. Other stars who have said something similar include Madonna and Sarah Jessica Parker. Source: Apega/WENN.com
Melissa LeoAnd then there are the celebrities who think being a feminist means you're just judging people, or something weird like that. Actress Melissa Leo once said, “I don’t think of myself as a feminist at all. As soon as we start labeling and categorizing ourselves and others, that’s going to shut down the world. I would never say that.” She added, “I have to go at things without judgment, and that is part of my upbringing, and who I am and the time I was brought up in the world.” Source: Joseph Marzullo/WENN.com
Which of these quotes do you think is the worst? Do you agree with any? Disagree with any? Tell us in the comments.