“Are you a feminist?” is a seemingly simple question that many celebrities manage to flub spectacularly in ways that reveal they don’t understand what feminism is at all. Hence, it was with some trepidation that I clicked on this “Ke$ha on feminism” story earlier this morning.
The good news is, she got it partly right. When asked by The Financial Times if she considers herself a feminist, she gave a logical answer defending her partying and numerous sex buddies (both human and supernatural):
“In some ways. In the ways that I feel I can do the same things men can do, and be just as rock ’n’ roll and bad ass and not feel shameful or be shamed for it…If men can talk about drinking in every awesome rock ’n’ roll song and every awesome rap song, why can’t a woman? Just because I drink doesn’t mean I’m a drunk. Just because I have sex, and I’m not embarrassed about it, doesn’t mean I’m a whore. If men can do it, why can’t a woman do it? I really feel one of my main reasons for being on this earth is to level the playing field just a little bit.”
Ding ding ding! Feminism means women can do the same fun things as men and not be subjected to a double standard. However, when questioned about abortion rights, one of the main causes uniting American feminists right now, she balked:
“As far as the political side, I don’t really go there because everyone has their opinions on that…But I think women and their bodies – I think that debate has been going on since time began.”
Beneath all the glitter and animal print, Ke$ha is a savvy business woman, and she’s obviously wary of alienating any of her potential fan base. But were red state parents really going to let their kids listen to her music in the first place?
If I may get up on my soapbox for a minute, a huge part of what’s fucked up about our culture with regard to women is that cultural mouthpieces like Ke$ha can be sexually frank to the max, but when it comes to talking about the real world issues surrounding sex, they clam up. It’s like movies where you see people fucking willy nilly but never using condoms, or girls who go to great lengths to make themselves objects of male desire, but have to idea how to ask for what they want in bed. I doubt Ke$ha has any trouble with that last one, so I can only hope that someday she’s able to have a mature discussion about the rest of it. Maybe then she’ll be a feminist in more ways than “some.”
(Via The Financial Times)