The World's Biggest Celebrities Describe What 'Feminism' Means To Them
It's clear that some celebrities take issue with the word "feminism." While some famous women are all for taking on this title, others have seemed hesitant to identify as such.
There seems to be quite a bit of confusion surrounding the word, as well as varying opinions on what "feminism" means.
Time magazine listed how 15 celebrity women described feminism, and the results provoke their own questions about the universality of the concept.
While someone like Beyoncé, for instance, was initially nervous to call herself a feminist, she was seemingly OK with describing herself as a "modern day feminist." Still, however, she didn't entirely agree with having to decide on that role one way or another.
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.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Lana del Ray — a singer who has almost staked her career on songs about destructive relationships with men — recently seemed blasé on the subject, stating that the debate over feminism simply didn't interest her.
But she eventually came around to purport a very feminist idea indeed: Equality is women being able to do whatever they want.
My idea of a true feminist is a woman who feels free enough to do whatever she wants.
Actress Ellen Page hit the nail on the head when she spoke about women's issues, showing her problem with the fact the "feminist" is viewed negatively.
I don’t know why people are so reluctant to say they’re feminists. Maybe some women just don’t care. But how could it be any more obvious that we still live in a patriarchal world when feminism is a bad word?
These celebrities' ideas on feminism are far from uniform, but at least they indicate that what "feminist" means is becoming an important conversation to have, and we all, luckily, have the freedom to chose something different.
via Time, Photo Credit: WENN