Although Pharrell Williams has been an outspoken advocate for gender equality (he even said he named his newest album Girl due to his love and respect for women), the singer has unfortunately joined the many other celebrities who shy away from the "feminist" delineation.
In an interview with the UK's Channel 4 News, the topic of feminism came up. The "Blurred Lines" (a song many women railed for coming across as "rape-y") performer said he couldn't be a feminist because he's a man.
I’ve been asked, am I a feminist? I don’t think it’s possible for me to be that… I’m a man. It makes sense up until a certain point. But what I do is—I do support feminists. I do think there’s injustices. There are inequalities that need to be addressed.
C'mon Pharrell, but those beliefs are totally part of the "Mad Men" era way of thinking; nowadays, men can be feminists, too.
If we're defining feminism as the "social, economic and political equality of the sexes" (and who wouldn't want that, right?), I don't see any reason someone — regardless of gender — who supports these ideals can't be called a feminist.
In the same interview, Pharrell weighed in on politics, and said he wants to vote for Hillary Clinton for president in 2016, although the believed Democratic frontrunner has yet to announce her candidacy.
I’d love to see a woman run the country. Historically this world has been run by a man, and what would a world be like if 75 percent of our world leaders and prime ministers were female? What would that world be like? We do not know because we haven’t given it a shot. We’re too busy telling them what they can or can’t do with their bodies.
Supporting women's right to run for office as serious contenders, and being respectful of reproductive rights autonomy? Sounds like feminism to me.
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