Katy Perry has released four studio albums, won countless awards, has a networth of about $55 million, and now is proudly claiming, “I am a Feminist!” You would think the media would be happy that another star has gravitated towards that word and has started to embrace it, but alas their are many critiques on this stars new found feminist identity. The problem is not that Katy Perry claims to be a feminist its in the way, she defines feminism. Perry thinks that feminism means, “that I love myself as a female and I also love men.” Now I would say that feminism is way more then just that, but who am I to say that her definition is completely wrong. I believe that loving yourself has a huge part to do with being a feminist, Perry even goes on to say, “I am a strong woman.”
Though it would have been cool for her to say that she is a feminist because she believes that men and women should have equal opportunities and rights, doesn’t mean that I’m going to hate on Perry for the definition she gave. I mean she’s a pop star, it’s not like she’s reading countless books on what feminism is and the different stages/ levels of Feminism. I write for this blog and my idea of feminism changes everyday. Katy Perry even admitted to not knowing what the word even meant a few years ago, so she is still going into the process of discovering her feminist self, so please media, give her a break! Also I believe that feminism doesn’t have a clear cut definition, because it means something different to everyone. Also if people listened to the whole interview you could see Katy’s subtle ways of embracing female empowerment. In the interview she says her biggest advice to young girls is get an education; I believe that using her platform as this big super star and giving advice like that helps women advance in society. Katy is telling young girls to stay motivated and use their minds, rather then just their bodies. Also, Katy Perry’s music speaks volumes to female empowerment. Though I don’t really care for the song Roar, its lyrics talk about moving on from a relationship and finding strength within yourself. Katy knows her fan base and knows her popularity so she uses her pop songs to motivate her fans and to even motivate herself. Now I’m not saying Katy Perry is perfect or even my favorite artist, I’m just saying that criticizing the pop star for her own unique definition of feminism doesn’t help the cause, only hinders the conversation.
What do you think? Do you think Katy Perry is totally wrong? How do you feel about the recent celebrity claim of being a feminist? Is feminism really becoming a trend? I would love to know your thoughts!