Katy Perry got a lot of heat for saying that “[she is] not a feminist, but [she does] believe in the strength of women.” This was from her Billboard Woman of the Year speech. One of my friends asked, “Isn’t that the same thing?” I didn’t really think much of it until I saw a bunch of people sounding off on my Facebook feed, and then reading a feature on Billboard about Katy’s speech.
Did you know, that on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland, one or a group of feminists got upset, because in a certain part of the ride there is a scene that shows men chasing women round and round like a couple of chickens? The concern was that the original scene was offensive and sexist. However, this scene was historically accurate of the times. Nowadays, when you go on the ride, that scene has been changed so that the women are chasing men running away with their food. So now we have a historically inaccurate scene…but at least it’s not offensive or sexist in anyone’s eyes.
And this is why Katy Perry is afraid to call herself a feminist. I’m sorry, but it’s when things like this that happen, that anyone acting in the extreme gives its own party a bad name. I mean, was it really necessary to force Disney to rearrange a small part of their interior design? As a child, I didn’t think anything of it, except that it was funny, because you had goofy looking men and goofy looking women going round in circles.
Maybe you’re still holding a grudge against Katy for denouncing herself as a feminist, but I’m going to give her the benefit of the doubt that her words came out in an easily misinterpreted fashion. I highly doubt she is against “social, political, legal, and economic rights for women equal to those of men.” What she probably meant by “I am not a feminist” is that “I am not a crazy person who would force Disney to change its ride decorations into more socially acceptable, but historically inaccurate depictions.” And if I'm wrong about her, well then now you have some fun facts about Disneyland. Hooray.
And don’t get me wrong. I’m an absolute believer and supporter in the necessity of strengthening women, and equal rights and opportunity for women. Does that make me a feminist? According to the definition of feminist, yes. Does that mean I need to announce myself everywhere I go by saying, “Hi, I’m Justine Chang, and I’m a feminist.” No. Life isn’t AA. But now I’m pushed to further ponder a life long question I’ve had—why is it so necessary that we label ourselves and try to fit everything neatly into a labeled cubbyhole? Think about it.
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