Feminism is a word and a concept which generates immense fear in the hearts of B-town celebrities. Women seem to run away from branding themselves as a Feminist for reasons unknown. Men, are usually not asked whether or not they are Feminists, and the ones who do choose to discuss the topic, fail miserably.
The complete lack clarity about what the term entails is so astounding, one wonders why they cannot just Google. The ‘F’ word as a rule tends to scare people away immediately and puts them in a mode that is, by default, argumentative. And our celebrities are no less. The latest one to join the bandwagon of the people totally confused about what feminism is surprisingly – Ranveer Singh. The Bollywood star, otherwise popular for his gender non-conforming dressing sense and infectious energy, in an interview to the Cosmopolitan, has gone on to say that he believes in gender equality but doesn’t want to be labelled as a ‘meninist’ or ‘feminist’. Ok bro, thanks but just to clarify feminism is basically = gender equality.
In an interview, Ranveer said:
“I believe in gender quality, so i feel like it’s lopsided being on the either side of the coin, you know? By being a ‘meninist’ and ‘feminist’, you’re essentially already submitting and subscribing to the fact that there’s an imbalance. Why won’t we just accept the equal status goal and move on?”
It is not just Ranveer Singh, in recent past many celebrities have steered cleared of calling themselves a feminist because of various utterly weird reasons. From actresses like Vidya Balan (who is known for her strong female-oriented roles) to Priyanka Chopra, no one seems to want to call themselves as a feminist and their reasons for not being one are totally entertaining. Not.
1. Katrina Kaif (in an interview with Vogue magazine)
Who knew Feminism was about discussing the men in our lives? Someone let Gloria Steinem know, please.
2. Priyanka Chopra (in an interview to Refinery 29 for promoting Quantico)
Female empowerment is Feminism, Priyanka Chopra. Feminists stand for equality. Who said it is about hating men?
3. Lisa Haydon (in an interview with the Times of India)
Please tell us where and when Feminists where banned from making babies. To each her own as they so desire – THAT is the tenet Feminists are fighting to protect.
4. Parineeti Chopra
So sorry you’ve been accused of being a Feminist before, madam. Hope you don’t feel scarred.
5. Shah Rukh Khan
Condescension, confusion mixed with objectification disguised as a compliment – whattey lovely quote.
6. Vidya Balan
You’re free, liberated, independent.. but not a Feminist. Literally the most warped quote ever.
7. Madhuri Dixit Nene
Okay, we get it you aren’t a feminist and you are only independent and strong.
8. Is Ranveer Singh as we mentioned in the copy before definitely needs to understand that to set a wrong right, you NEED to acknowledge it in the first place.
— Ranveer’s Cafe ☕️ (@ranveercafe69) October 17, 2017
Guys, accepting that you’re a feminist wouldn’t put you in jail. Really.