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

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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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