Celebs Misunderstand Feminism, Make Me Sexist as a Result
Guys. Courtney Stodden has thoughts on on feminism:
“I think that whether a woman or anybody quite frankly wants to wear combat boots or eight inch heels, I think that’s their prerogative. I think if somebody feels comfortable a certain way with their life choices, how they look, regardless of what it is, if they are not hurting themselves or other people I think it’s fine, it’s fair game. Have at it, enjoy your life, look the way you want to look. I happen to feel comfortable like this, I like the way I look, I love the way I look. I think that’s all that matters. I think that can empower other people too from hearing that. I know people might think this is funny but I actually feel that I am a true feminist because I believe in women looking the way they want to look, I think real women support women.”
She then said, “I don’t have a book coming out that’s a rumor. I don’t read or write.”
Selena Gomez recently got in some spat with Lorde and said, “That’s not feminism. [Lorde is] not supporting other women. That’s my honest opinion, that’s what I would say to her if I saw her.”
Miley Cyrus recently said, “I feel like I’m one of the biggest feminists in the world because I tell women to not be scared of anything. Girls are all beautiful.”
On one hand, how freaking cool is it that two young influential stars and one Courtney Stodden admit to being feminists. In a world where my nemesis Taylor Swift won’t, that’s a big deal.
On the other hand, one of my big feminist myth pet peeves is the idea I need to support anyone just because of similar genitalia. That awful Alaskan woman has been all over the teevee lately. I’m not watching thinking, “you go, sister!” I’m changing the channel to literally anything else. Based on Gomez’s logic, am I supposed to support Courtney Stodden in her “career” when what I want to do is support her in a shit ton and a half of psychiatric counseling, a Big Sisters program and supplemental schooling?
Ironically, Cyrus’s quote, while hyperbolic because all 20-somethings are, is the one I’m most comfortable with and she herself has been a shining example of why we need feminism now, still today. People hate her. The vitriol toward her, and others like her and Lady Gaga, is so strong and hateful, the totally real and important conversations regarding racism largely cast aside in favor of taking about her grody tongue, and why? Because they’re women who are being “weird” and “gross” and “trying too hard.” And who is putting that out there as much as other women?