This Month's "Fuck Yeahs" in Feminism
It’s official, feminism has become mainstream — and we couldn’t be happier about it. Over the past few years, the word ‘feminist’ has shifted from being associated with aggressive extremists to becoming a symbol of pride and a part of the greater movement towards achieving gender equality. Feminists are no longer seen as ‘man-hating lunatics’ but are considered social trailblazers. With Beyonce‘s Flawless vid and Miley freeing her nipple, Hollywood is doing a good job of normalizing feminism. So, to honor the badasses in show biz who aren’t afraid to speak up their mind — here are 5 instances of feminism that took place this month and made us audibly say "fuck yeah."
As if Zoe Saldana couldn’t be any cooler, get this: her dreamy italian hubby Marco Perego decided to unconventionally take her last name. Apparently Saldana even tried to discourage him from doing so. The actress revealed, "I told him, ‘If you use my name, you’re going to be emasculated by your community of artists, by your Latin community of men, by the world.’ But Marco looks up at me and says (in his Italian accent), ‘Ah, Zoe, I don’t give a shit.’“ So shout out to the Saldanas, our new fav power couple.
Ariana Grande’s twitter letter
Popstar Ariana Grande took her feminist concerns to twitter earlier this week where she tweeted a letter that takes a jab at the patriarchy. The letter is a typed up list that challenges the double standards and misogynistic ideals women are constantly subject to. She writes, "If a woman has a lot of sex (or any sex for that matter)…. she’s a “slut”. If a man has sex… HE’S A STUD. a BOSSSSSS. a KING.” Yaaaas Ariana.
Hayley Williams’ tumblr post
There’s no perfect feminist — and Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams has definitely embodied that view. Earlier this month, she posted on her tumblr that she does not want to be associated with her ‘Misery Business’ 17 year old self. She states, "Misery Business is not a set of lyrics that I relate to as a 26 year old woman. I haven’t related to it in a very long time." — indicating that ‘whore’, like she sings in the tune, is no longer a word in her vocabulary.
Charlie XCX & Grace Jones freeing their nips
‘Free the Nipple’ has gone viral both on and off the web empowering women everywhere to take a stand against censorship and the unfair treatment of women’s bodies. This past weekend, both Charlie XCX and Grace Jones took part in the firece-ass movement. At Gov Ball, Charlie XCX flashed her nips to the crowd while the ultra fabulous 67 year old Grace Jones performed in Manchester topless, wearing almost nothing but body paint and showed us that age is truly just a number and that all nips deserve to be free.
Lady Gaga pushing for sexual assault legislation
Aside from always making a statement on the red carpet, Lady Gaga also knows how to make a statement in politics. The eccentric 29 year old singer has been working with NY governor Andrew Cuomo to change legislation of sexual assault policies on college campuses. In a manifesto, published on Billboard, she affirms, "We have a responsibility to the young men and women of this country to stand up against sexual violence everywhere." — you tell ’em Gaga.
Photo of Grace Jones by Shirlaine Forrest