Jezebel posted an article on Saturday with a compilation of remarks from celebrities, commenting on what it means to be a feminist.
The range of definitions was vast. The comments ranged from Bjork:
Bust: Do you consider yourself a feminist?
Bjork: Umm.. no.
Bust: Why not?
Bjork: Because I think it would isolate me. I think it’s important to do positive stuff. It’s more important to be asking than complaining.
Bust: So you feel the term “feminism” is equated with complaining?
Bjork: A lot, yes. You could probably call my mother a feminist, and I watched her isolate herself all her life from men, and therefore from society.
To Madonna’s comment: “I’m not a feminist, I’m a humanist.”
Personally, I consider myself a feminist, based on bell hooks’ description from Feminism is for Everybody (2000), “Feminism is a movement to end sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression.”
What does feminism mean to you and what does it look like to be a feminist? Everyone has different interpretations, as you can see, and factors such as one’s social location (race, age, sex, sexual orientation, class, ability) can inform what feminism is to a person.