True story, once upon a time in a land far far away (in reality about 20 years ago in a town about 100 miles away), I rejected the idea of feminism. Not because I didn’t believe in equal rights, but because I believed this notion that feminist = man hating woman. I thought, wrongly, that there was this evil cabal of women (who were jealous or something) ready to pounce and basically make us sperm donors or something. I believed and perpetuated this idea for a good long time. I had a friend and we jokingly referred to ourselves as N.A.M. (the National Association of Men). I got into a few near shouting arguments in my civics and government classes with a couple of young ladies who were just as passionate about things as I was, but on the “other side”. Yeah it was stupid. I was stupid. I listened to and believed in things that if I would have stopped and thought about it made no sense. Even lately, I tend to do what a lot of celebrities do and refer to myself a “humanist” (a believer in the rights of all humans to be equal), not because I’m not a feminist or whatever but because I think it’s a more accurate term.
There are things I agree with those who identify as feminist on and things I disagree on. I think that is the sign of someone who truly THINKS, I distrust people who blindly spout the same stuff as a blogger, writer, media personality, etc. because I WAS that person. If a certain radio or television personality said it was so, I repeated it verbatim.
I bring this up because this is an interesting article on the celebrity feminist question. What does it mean and what does it entail and why certain celebrities get asked questions about it while others do not.