Yes, it’s Beyoncé’s feminist coming-out party at the VMAs.
But it’s not just that. There was also, of course, Taylor Swift, one of the celebrities whose rejection of feminism was most irritating in the past, coming around to Team F-word. Turns out that once she understood it was about equality and stuff, she realized that she had, in fact, totally been one all along.
Basically, “feminist” has gone — over the past few years, but specifically in 2014 — from a frustrating “gotcha” question incessantly asked of female celebrities to a cool label that the hippest of the hip are actively claiming. So, now that we can suddenly ask actors, actresses, and singers, “Hey, are you also a feminist like the two biggest pop stars in the entire universe, say they are?,” why the heck would we choose this moment to get rid of the word? Instead, let’s ride this (fourth? fifth?) wave past all the inevitable backlash and use feminism’s new cachet to try to get some progress made on, oh, you know, concrete, real-life equal rights.
As a coda, I’d like to address the Time reader who’s voting for feminist to get the axe: If you’re getting tired of hearing the, “Is X feminist? Is Y feminist enough?” debate, try actually being a feminist. You will have that debate with yourself and your friends every waking minute of your life. Then see if you get tired of it.
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