August 23, 2014
Can Katy Perry please catch on next?
It is almost embarrassing how excited I felt after reading this article about Taylor Swift. I’ve been annoyed by Taylor for ages now, despite feeling a certain kinship that I wrote about a few years ago. Her new video was an eye roller to me, what with the whole perpetuating racist stereotypes about black women’s sexuality; crawling under them as they twerked with big saucer eyes, as if she’s just too damn innocent to understand what’s going on. Ughh. I really think this was out of ignorance, of course, but it would be nice if someone would have told her to cut that shit out.
BUT anyways, this is supposed to be about something positive! As y’all know, I take serious issue with people railing against feminism when they don’t know what it means. Swift was someone who did this awhile back, which was super disappointing considering how many young women look up to her. She at one point said when directly asked if she was a feminist, “I don’t really think about things as guys versus girls. I never have. I was raised by parents who brought me up to think if you work as hard as guys, you can go far in life.”
It’s very clear from that statement that she has no idea what feminism is about, and is not aware at all about the concept of privilege. That’s why when I was skeptically reading that article (and procrastinating to do research on my next video… tomorrow) I was shocked to find thoughtful, reflective responses when she was asked about her past of writing some girl against girl songs, etc. When asked about feminism, SHE. SAID. THIS:
“As a teenager, I didn’t understand that saying you’re a feminist is just saying that you hope women and men will have equal rights and equal opportunities. What it seemed to me, the way it was phrased in culture, society, was that you hate men. And now, I think a lot of girls have had a feminist awakening because they understand what the word means. For so long it’s been made to seem like something where you’d picket against the opposite sex, whereas it’s not about that at all. Becoming friends with Lena – without her preaching to me, but just seeing why she believes what she believes, why she says what she says, why she stands for what she stands for – has made me realize that I’ve been taking a feminist stance without actually saying so.”
Preach it girl, preach. it. And thank goodness for Lena Dunham.
Now come on, Katy. You need to wake up next!!