You hear a lot about feminism and most about celebrities like Shailene Woodley who is anti-feminist, and anti-women. "“No, because I love men, and I think the idea of ‘raise women to power, take the men away from the power’ is never going to work out because you need balance" This is exactly what she said, this is a dangerous thing when people are so vocal about their opinion but really know nothing, since she obviously has no idea what being a feminist is, it's not about hating men, it's not about taking away people's 'powers', it'a about equal rights for both women and men, and how a women shouldn't be paid less than a man, or be subjected to sexist and discrimination because one is a female.
One of the newest celebrities to come and say they are anti-feminist is Kaley Cuoco, "old-fashioned" and "has never faced inequality so doesn't feel the need to voice her support for women's rights." Which makes me feel like she is ignoring the problem, or has lived that way suppressed so long that she is okay with the damage.
Other anti-feminist are American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson, who believes "I think when people hear feminist, it's 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 a leader. I'm not a feminist in that sense." Or Country turned Pop Singer Taylor Swift, "I don’t really think about things as guys versus girls." Another women that isn't for women rights is Lady Gaga who said, “I’m not a feminist. I hail men, I love men, I celebrate American male culture -- beer, bars, and muscle cars.” Other very popular celebrities who join these women who don't support women are Bjork, Katy Perry, Carrie Underwood, Madonna, Susan Sarandon, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Demi Moore. Each other there comments were as ignorant as the last. These women are very public figures, who have millions of people following their life, and their example. So, what happens when a young adult male and female see these comments? Then they get the wrong impression of what feminism is.
Just to clarify some of the above celebrities have corrected their statements, but that doesn't matter because no one remembers those. Everyone remembers the original comments that have been made.
A lot of people I understand do not know what feminism is, and it's about being pro-women, where women can make their own choice, and where we believe we/women are and should be equal to men. Does a women deserve to be paid less for an job than a male? No. Should a women be allowed to make her own choices with anything from her body to her job? Yes. Being a feminist doesn't been you can't be a housewife, it means you can choice to be that if you want. So, why is it not okay that a man stays home and a women works to others?
Feminist do not hate men (generally), and it's not about take power away from men. Women should have equal rights, so why is that not okay? Why are women excepted to have children or wanted them? Why should we be not allowed to do something because we are a women? Does because someone is a women does they mean they are not as smart as their male counterpart?
Feminism is a issue for everyone, and I don't see why everyone isn't a feminist. It's about ending gender inequality.
Last year there was a huge hacking of celebrities icloud accounts, that a hacker shared a ton of female Celebrity nudes. A ton of people share these private pictures, and mocked these women, for posing nude. Yet, of these were men, than they would have gotten praised or no one would have cared. However I think fellow feminist Emma Watson said it perfectly when she said, "Even worse than seeing women's privacy violated on social media is reading the accompanying comments that show such a lack of empathy." Also, why is female sexuality such a bad thing, and why it any women who is caught having sex, or being sexy somehow seen as a slut? Also, why is it okay to slut shame? Yet, if a man sleeps around, is nude, or sexy it's okay.
You almost never heard about the celebrities who support feminism, but here are some who do. John Legend has said that “all men should be feminists.” Lena Dunham said, “women saying ‘I’m not a feminist’ is my greatest pet peeve. Do you believe that women should be paid the same for doing the same jobs? Do you believe that women should be allowed to leave the house? Do you think that women and men both deserve equal rights? Great, then you’re a feminist. People think there is something taboo about speaking up for feminism.” Claire Danes has said“I am a feminist. And I’m so glad that Lena Dunham exists, because she is one too, and she’s quite vocal about it. Yes, women have more freedom and more influence than ever, but it’s hardly equal. It’s just not. It’s really f–king crazy. I’m sorry I’m cursing. But it’s wild that women are underrepresented [in Hollywood]. I have real anxiety about directing, and that’s something to question and challenge and correct.”
Ellen Page said,“I don’t know why people are so reluctant to say they’re feminists … but how could it be any more obvious that we still live in a patriarchal world when feminism is a bad word? … Feminism always gets associated with being a radical movement — good. It should be. A lot of what the radical feminists [in the 1970s] were saying, I don’t disagree with it.” Joseph Gordon-Levitt learned gender equality at a young age. When asked if he was a feminist, he said, “I do call myself a feminist. Absolutely!”
One of the biggest stars today Miley Cyrus is a feminist and she is very right about it. " 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." "I still don’t think we’re there 100 percent. 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 bitches around me, I’m degrading women? I’m a woman—I should be able to have girls around me! But I’m part of the evolution of that. I hope."
Joss Whedon said, “You either believe that women are people or you don’t.” “If you’re someone who genuinely believes that women don’t deserve or aren’t as much as men, you’re like the plague. On the big history chart, you’re the plague. …It’s just pointless and deadly.” Other celebrites that are pro-women are Beyonce, Ashton Kutcher, Daniel Radcliffe, Mark Ruffalo, Pharrell, Jessica Chastain, Patrick Stewart, Blair Underwood, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Poehlr, etc.
Emma Watson started a campaign about this called He for She, to support equality in gender, which is what feminism is. I hope everyone checks it out. www.heforshe.org/