Kelly Clarkson Wouldn’t Say She’s A Feminist, And I Wouldn’t Say I’m A Fan

Kelly Clarkson performing with blond hair and a blazer October 2013I like Kelly Clarkson. I really do. But she just made a comment about feminism that’s the verbal equivalent of a facepalm, as far as I’m concerned. Somewhere along the line I think she got the wrong idea of what feminism is, possibly from accepting Farrah Abraham‘s definition of the word, and now she’s spreading what I think is pretty misleading information. Here’s what she had to say to Time Magazine recently when asked if she’s a feminist:

“I wouldn’t say [I'm a] feminist, that’s too strong. I think when people hear feminist it’s just like, ‘Get out of my way I don’t need anyone’.”

I think maybe you think that when you hear the the word ‘feminist’, because maybe you’re not completely educated on what it means. It doesn’t have that ‘get out of my way’ connotation to me, because I’ve done my research. I know that at its core, being a feminist doesn’t mean man-hating, it means man-equating. It means you think that even though you’re a woman, you believe that you deserve the same rights as men. And I really really hope you believe that, Kelly Clarkson.

“I love that I’m being taken care of, and I have a man that’s an actual leader. I’m not a feminist in that sense… but I’ve worked really hard since I was 19, when I first auditioned for Idol.”

Okay, it’s interesting that you equate feminism with being hardworking, because while that’s a great trait for anyone to exhibit, it’s not really connected to the issue at hand. But you know what is? You just got married, right? Don’t answer that, I know you did. To Brendan Blackstock. Welllllll if you want to be an equal partner in that marriage, then you’re a feminist. If you signed a prenup that will protect you both in the event of a divorce instead of just your husband, then you’re a feminist. If you want him to treat you as more than just a  sex vessel and child dispenser, then you’re feminist.

And while I don’t want to speak for you on any of those points, because that your business…boy oh boy am I really hoping you’re a feminist, girl.

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    • CMJ

      Ugh.

      My husband takes care of me all the time. He’s awesome. I am a feminist to the maxxxx.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        I know. My boyfriend takes care of me all the time, but I take care of him, too. It’s a give and take, Kellyyyyyy!

      • Cy

        Disappointed in Kelly! I am stay at home mom AND a feminist. Yeesh.

    • Sandy

      When did Feminist become a dirty word for celebrities? It’s so sad, especially as Kelly is somebody I would have thought of as a pretty great role model for women because of her refusal to conform to typical celebrity body types and the way she stood up to record companies about releasing her own material.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        I know! She’s just no up-to-date on what it means, I feel like. Which is a real shame, especially for the young kids who look up to her and hear her say something like that. Puts a gross stigma on something great.

      • Alicia Kiner

        I think that’s it right there. A lot of what you all are describing as feminism are things I’ve known all my life as normal. My parents were equal. My mom was a stay at home mom because she wanted to be. When she wanted to go back to work, she did. My parents, and us kids, shared the housework. I believe women to be equal to men in almost every way (let’s face it, reproduction is different ) and should be treated as such. But that’s NORMAL to me. Since Kelly Clarkson and I are close to the same age, maybe she’s in the same boat.

    • loser_sneeze

      It is so sad that grown women, who have so clearly benefitted from feminism, either willfully misunderstand what it means or are so terribly clueless. There really has been a great misinformation campaign about feminism so I guess I’m not terribly surprised. I’m really glad some young women hitting the spotlight now, like Lorde, are willing to embrace both feminism as a concept AND as terminology.

    • Bad Dad

      Well said!

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Thanks!

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    • rissa

      unpopular opinion: so if you and your husband come to a stand still on an issue, what do you do? lets say he wants to relocate and you want to stay? you cant do nothing. someone needs to have the final say. that is why i dont believe in complete equality. its like a business, someone has to have the 51% of the company. Marriage wont work otherwise and i think thats why there are so many divorces. on the other issues such as equal pay for equal work and choosing whether or not to work, have babies and all the other topics, sure i agree, but there has to be a 51%.

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