These days, it’s hard to find a female celebrity who doesn’t loudly and proudly proclaim herself to be a feminist. Thanks to the efforts of a few brave women — we’re looking at you Beyonce — “feminist” is no longer a dirty word, but a badge of honor.
Still, there are a few whose statements regarding feminism make us face-palm super hard.
It seems that some celebs are still under the impression that the definition of feminism puts them into an angry, man-hating, mean girls club — full of burned bras and dreams of world domination.
We’d offer to lend them a dictionary, so they can see for themselves that the only universal belief of feminism is the political, economical and social equality of the sexes. At this point, though, we’re just not sure that would help. If you don’t get it, you just don’t get it.
Sarah Jessica Parker
Parker’s recent Marie Claire interview about her new show “Divorce” puts her at the top of the list of women who just don’t understand what feminism is.
“I am not a feminist. I don’t think I qualify. I believe in women and I believe in equality, but I think there is so much that needs to be done that I don’t even want to separate it anymore. I’m so tired of separation,” Parker says. “I just want people to be treated equally.”
In an interview with Time, Clarkson said, ““I wouldn’t say feminist — that’s too strong,” Clarkson said. “I think when people hear feminist, it’s like, ‘Get out of my way, I don’t need anyone.’”
Since then, Clarkson has clarified that she only meant that she didn’t agree with the social stigma surrounding the word, but we’re still calling shenanigans on it. You’re either a feminist or you’re not, social stigmas and colloquial definitions notwithstanding.
Woodley came under some serious fire after she told Time, “The word ‘feminist’ is a word that discriminates, and I’m not into that … I love men, and I think the idea of ‘raise women to power, take the men away from power’ is never going to work out because you need balance.”
Most people chalked it up to Woodley being young and misinformed, but she’s stood by her statement through thick and thin. For the most part, we see this as the feminism version of #AllLivesMatter. Only slightly more uninformed.
“I’m not a feminist – I, I hail men, I love men. I celebrate American male culture, and beer, and bars and muscle cars,” Gaga told the LA Times in 2009.
Since then, she’s adjusted her perception of what feminism is, but Lady Gaga’s quote about loving men making her not a feminist is possibly one of the most baffling misconceptions about feminism we’ve ever heard.
Lana Del Rey
“Whenever people bring up feminism, I’m like, ‘God, I’m just not really that interested’ … My idea of a true feminist is a woman who feels free enough to do whatever she wants,” the singer told Entertainment Tonight.
Once again, we have a woman distancing herself from the feminist movement … by describing herself as a feminist? We’re not sure if this is another round of the word association game. Whatever it is, hopefully Lana Del Rey has figured it out for herself.