Sarah Jessica Parker
Say it ain't so, Carrie!
Sarah Jessica Parker might have played a feminist icon on HBO's "Sex and the City," but the actress has opened up to Marie Claire (snagging the September cover) and explained why she doesn't think she "qualifies" as a feminist.
“I am not a feminist... 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. I just want people to be treated equally.”
Again, if you're looking for equality, "feminism" is just that.
She plays orc a** kicking Tauriel in "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" and rough around the edges convict Kate Austin in "LOST," but don't let her penchant for strong female characters fool you - Evangeline Lilly isn't into feminism.
The actress recently spoke to the Huffington Post, telling them that while she likes playing strong female characters, she refuses to compromise her womanhood. "I don't like the idea of playing a one-dimensional character who is just fearless, strong and killer and has instincts and just thrives in dangerous circumstances - that's really boring to me and I don't think it represents what most women feel inside."
"I'm very proud of being a woman, and as a woman, I don't even like the word feminism because when I hear that word, I associate it with women trying to pretend to be men and I'm not interested in trying to pretend to be a man," she said. "I don't want to embrace manhood, I want to embrace my womanhood."
Last we checked, no feminist has ever asked women to denounce their womanhood.
Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey recently nabbed the summer music cover of Fader, but it was her comments inside the publication that got people talking. The platinum-selling singer attracted her fair share of controversy after declaring that she finds feminism to be boring. "For me, the issue of feminism is just not an interesting concept," Lana said. "I>m more interested in, you know, SpaceX and Tesla, what>s going to happen with our intergalactic possibilities. 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." On the positive side, Del Rey seems to understand the concept of the f-word, she's just a little too busy staring out into space to truly embody it.
In a recent interview with TIME magazine, Woodley revealed that her definition of feminism is sadly misinformed. When asked if she considers herself a feminist, the "Divergent" star said "No because 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. With myself, I'm very in touch with my masculine side. And I'm 50 per cent feminine and 50 per cent masculine, same as I think a lot of us are. And I think that it 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." Continuing on, Woodley says: "My biggest thing is really sisterhood more than feminism. I don>t know how we as women expect men to respect us because we don>t even seem to respect each other. There>s so much jealousy, so much comparison and envy. And 'This girl did this to me and that girl did that to me.' And it>s just so silly and heartbreaking in a way. It>s really neat to see: there>s that new Judd Apatow [sic] movie coming out, 'The Other Woman', and that looks really good because I think it>s really neat that it shows women coming together and supporting each other and creating a sisterhood of support for one another versus hating each other for something that somebody else created." Disappointing fans with how close she almost got to understanding the term, the thought that she believes feminism to elevate women's status at the expense of men, instead of an end goal of gender equality is unfortunate.
You think that someone who nabbed the title of Billboard's Woman of the Year (for 2012) would be honoured to call themselves a feminist. But in the case of Katy Perry, think again. The "I Kissed A Girl" singer told Jon Stewart and a crowd of people back in 2012, "I am not a feminist, but I do believe in the power of women." Fast forward two years and Perry is singing a different tune, both literally and in her interviews. When Australian morning show host Karl Stefanovic asked Perry if she considered herself a feminist, women around the world cringed at her assumed answer. Instead, Katy surprised us all by saying "A feminist? Um, yeah, actually," admitting "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." While we're not sure that she's cleared up her confusion, we should celebrate Perry no longer being resistant to the polarizing label.
She's already proved that she really is Queen of the music industry, releasing her surprise visual album that was nothing short of a feast for the senses. In its ability to function as a vehicle of activism, specifically the snippet of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's TED talk "We should all be feminists" that can be found on the track "Flawless", Bey revolutionized the album making process. "Feminist: a person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes," Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie says in her TED talk, which plays midway through the song. One would think that by providing a very clear and concise definition within one of her tracks, Beyonce would eliminate the negative stigma by providing a clear understanding of the concept. Not so fast. When asked if she was, in fact, a feminist, the best response Queen Bey could come up with was: "That word can be very extreme... I do believe in equality... but I'm happily married. I love my husband," Beyonce said, conceding to Vogue UK that she is, instead "a modern-day feminist," which if the definition has changed to "distancing one's self from the word 'feminism'" then sure. More recently, Bey has changed her tune about the f-word, penning an essay titled "Gender Equality Is A Myth" in Maria Shriver's The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Pushes Back From The Brink (available for free download here). "We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality" Bey writes. "It isn't a reality yet. Today, women make up half of the U.S. workforce, but the average working woman earns only 77 percent of what the average working man makes. But unless women and men both say this is unacceptable, things will not change."
After her rise from the ashes, Miley Cyrus has, to some, become a hard pill to swallow. Factor in her bizarre declaration of feminism which includes objectifying backup dancers and lest we forget swinging around naked on a wrecking ball, and you're gonna need a whole lot of milk to get through this one. Explaining her definition of feminism, Miley says "I'm just about equality, period. It's not like, 'I'm a woman, women should be in charge!> I just want there to be equality for everybody." So far, so good. Until a reporter from TIME explains that what Cyrus just explained is the definition of feminism. "I still don't think we're there 100 per cent, " Miley adds. "I mean, guy rappers grab their crotch all f**king day and have hos around them, but no one talks about it. But if I grab my crotch and I have hot model b**ches around me, I'm degrading women? I'm a woman - I should be able to have girls around me!" Continuing on, Miley concludes with the most horrifying part, "but I'm part of the evolution of that. I hope." Apparently feminism now includes the objectification of "hot model b**ches."
She might sing about being "Mrs. Independent", but don't you dare call Kelly Clarkson a "feminist." "I wouldn't say [I'm a] feminist, that's too strong," Clarkson told TIME magazine. Digging herself deeper into a hole of confusion, she says "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." The word for that is "industrious."
This might come as a shock to you but Taylor Swift doesn't think she empowers women through her music. The second thing that might drop your jaw is that she also doesn't think she's a feminist."I don't really think about things as guys versus girls," the "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" singer told a reporter from The Daily Beast. "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." Successful women, put your fists down, the singer was home schooled after all.
Another singer who's afraid to be saddled with the term feminist is Carrie Underwood. "I wouldn't go so far as to say I am a feminist, that can come off as a negative connotation, " Carrie has said. Adding, "but I am a strong female." Well Carrie, we wouldn't go so far as to say we'd key our exes 'suped up four wheel drive, but we still consider ourselves strong females.
Leave it to Lady Gaga to equate feminism with a lack of beer, bars and muscle cars. 'I>m not a feminist. I hail men, I love men, I celebrate American male culture - beer, bars, and muscle cars,' the pop star has said in the past. The singer later told the L.A. Times she might have made a mistake telling the reporter, "I'm getting the sense that you're a little bit of a feminist, like I am, which is good. I find that men get away with saying a lot in this business, and that women get away with saying very little... in my opinion, women need and want someone to look up to that they feel has a full sense of who they are, and says 'I'm great'." Casually flinging the term around like one of her destroyed t-shirts, Gaga's response to being called out on her hypocrisy was that she's growing "more compassionate" since focusing on ideas of community, especially the one formed by her Little Monsters - a mix of gay men, bohemian kids and stylish young women.
She is an icon for a generation of young women, but don't let her Spice Girls status fool you, according to Geri Halliwell, feminism is "bra-burning lesbianism." In a 2007 interview with The Guardian, Halliwell opened up about how she learned about the importance of empowering women saying that "what I saw in Zambia was that it's about educating women and supporting women and through that you enable not only women, but who societies to thrive and improve," she says of her then recent trip to the trip to Africa. "The other thing,' she says, 'is that as the world gets smaller, women in the west are realizing that it's not just other western women we need to care about, but women around the globe. It's the basic premise of international feminism," she adds.But as is the case with everyone on this list, when asked if she is a "feminist," the reporter hits a nerve to which Ginger Spice responds saying that she might be a feminist, but that she has a "few distinct caveats." Not only does the "girl power" icon fear that feminism emasculates and demoralizes men, but she seems to have a bigger issue with the labeling involved. "It's about labelling. 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."
We're not sure whether Bjork's opinion has changed since then, but back in 2005, the singer told Bust magazine why she doesn't consider herself a feminist. '[I don't identify as a feminist] 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,' she said. Explaining why she thinks the term "feminism" is equated with complaining, she said "You could probably call my mother a feminist and I watched her isolate herself all her life from men, and therefore society." If publically saying you're a feminist "isolates" people, we'd like to know what wearing a faux dead swan to the Oscars does?
Madonna, Demi Moore, Sarah Jessica Parker & Susan Sarandon
Apparently the confusion surrounding feminism isn't just with our young female celebrities. Hollywood veterans like Demi Moore and Susan Sarandon are equally confused about the term, suggesting that a less alienating way of labelling people would be more appropriate. "I think of myself as a humanist because I think it's less alienating to people who think of feminism as being a load of strident b***hes and because you want everyone to have equal pay, equal rights, education and healthcare," Sarandon has said. "It's a bit of an old-fashioned word. It's used more in a way to minimize you. My daughter who is 28 doesn't even relate to the word 'feminist' and she is definitely in control of her decisions and her body." And Demi Moore agrees, saying "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." Madonna has famously said on stage in 2003, "I'm not a feminist, I'm a humanist." And "Sex and the City" star Sarah Jessica Parker almost made us muck up our Manolos when she "took a page from [the playwright] Wendy Wasserstein's book," saying "she said 'I'm not a feminist, I'm a humanist.'"