This week, Lana Del Rey joins the ever-growing list of stars who don't want to publicly discuss feminism. In her interview with Fader, when asked about her views on gender equality she said "Whenever people bring up feminism, I'm like, god. I'm just not really that interested." She then went on to provide a topic she would much rather talk about, "I'm more interested in, you know, SpaceX and Tesla".
Ok, so that response IS a bit weird. It's not like it's an either or situation- 'Ok Lana, what's next on our over-dinner-discussion feminism or space exploration, your choice?'
Jezebel reported on her statement with a sigh and although it's true that we don't need more public figures rejecting feminism (or claiming it's just a bit dull) does Lana have a point? Perhaps we shouldn't be asking every famous woman to identify themselves with feminism within the first three minutes of meeting them. It's akin to asking 'so…are you a Christian?', which wouldn't be anyone's opening line.
Let's face it, it's always risky to publicly assign yourself to an ideology that sparks so many differing opinions. So often saying you're a feminist
creates a moveable, metaphorical bar which will be used to judge you against in years to come. For example, perhaps if she did say she's a lover of all things feminism, Lana would live in CONSTANT fear of losing her feminist creds the moment she's papped twerking with her mates- pft! Some feminist!
Or maybe, she should be as brave as the rest of us, suck it up and declare proudly 'YES I AM! Now what are your thoughts on the galactic?'
Come on Lana, we need you!
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