After reading this article which contained the opinion of the Happy singer Pharrell Williams, I realised many things. However I am a nice person so I shall mention only the things that bother me more than usual.
After Pharrell’s song ‘Blurred Lines’ with Robin Thicke the lyrics of which were very pro-rape, I decided I really didn’t care for his singing talent anymore. However since I’ve been doing a bit of research into celebrities and being a Feminist this article was really interesting to come across.
Pharrell says, ‘I’ve been asked, am I a feminist? I don’t think it’s possible for me to be that…I’m a man.’ – Can we all please take a moment. Of silence. Click here and maybe here. No I am not leading you to a black hole where I can beat you up for you ignorance if you believe that statement (I’m nicer than that!). I’m educating you.
If you haven’t figured out the answer yet, it’s Yes. Yes a man can be a Feminist. I am going to explain Feminism in two parts because I don’t want to go into detail here.
1. Feminism is about empowering women. The first Feminist movement was when women fought for their rights. Women. So yes first and foremost, women are a key element to Feminism. Recognising this allows one to appreciate that women were obviously and are still fighting for something. This leads us on to point 2.
2. Equality. Being empowered and having more power than a man are two different things. I believe those who refer to themselves as Feminists whether man or woman understand that equality is bonded into the essence of the Feminist movement. However one also needs to appreciate that women have been oppressed throughout History and this contributes to the empowerment of women and their want for equality.
Women don’t want to ‘RUN THIS WORLD’ per say, we just want to be valued like individuals regardless of our gender. This world has been run by men for a long time and I think a lot of people need to face the truth of that matter which is that Feminism came from something and that was inequality for women – that inequality still exists and so in reaction feminists exist too.
In my opinion Pharrell isn’t a feminist, or any ist of a kind. He is a singer who wants to make money and sex sells. Implicating sex or anything in that field sells. So he wrote a song that was controversial and then he let his song be accompanied by women who dressed (unlike them) the background helping Pharrell sell records. Each interview this song/video is mentioned in reaches out to a new audience and then because sex sells and so do nude women Pharrell sells more. This is obviously not objectification of women – please understand sarcasm – and yes maybe the reason Pharrell would not like to identify himself as a Feminist is because he would be a hypocrite for writing a rape anthem accompanied by a video which somehow becomes justifiable because all the high-end glossy magazines are bearing boobs too and the videographer is a Feminist. Yeah nice try.
Take note that in Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Ellen interview he said, “I do call myself a feminist. Absolutely! It’s worth paying attention to the roles that are sort of dictated to us and that we don’t have to fit into those roles. We can be anybody we wanna be.”
I give to you an education – yes men can be Feminists. But Pharrell Williams is not. The End.