No, don’t worry – I’m not talking about the god-awful abomination that is Women Against Feminism.
I’m talking about journalists’ tendency to pop the feminism question to every female celebrity they encounter. It seems we come down like a proverbial ton of bricks on any woman who, despite engaging in acts of female empowerment, doesn’t carry the label – while men are praised for expressing any variation of ‘I don’t support inequality’.
Why are there lists titled ’10 Celebrities Who Say They Aren’t Feminists’, where the celebrities are all female – yet there is abundant praise for men who say anything even vaguely pro-equality? Why is it so difficult to find lists of male celebrities who don’t identify with feminism, yet there are articles all over the internet bursting with non-feminist females? It strikes me as highly ironic that the minute a female celebrity – feminist or not – does something the media deem misogynistic, she is subjected to ongoing waves of criticism for weeks, while her male counterparts face little consequence. Has the feminism question actually become another way of criticising women? Read More