Many feminists chanted a collective "amen" when Ariana Grande took to Twitter this weekend to stand up against the sexist B.S. she deals with every day. In a note she posted, she talked about how the media labels her in context to her relationships with men. And how when men rap about their conquests, they are "regaled," but when women talk about sex, they are "sluts."
Ari acknowledged that double standards are nothing new, and that she's been battling them for eight years in the spotlight. She's not alone. Many celebrities have been trying to shut down sexist media. (From the media's standpoint, yes, it's fun to gossip about celebs, but we also have to realize that they're not defined by their relationships.) Here are nine other feminists who just don't need to live in world where women aren't treated as equally as men:
When a reporter asked Robert Downey Jr. a question about the trajectory of his "Iron Man" character and then followed that with a question about ScarJo's diet at a press conference, Johansson asked him, “How come you get the really interesting existential question, and I get the like, ‘rabbit food’ question?”
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When a Vanity Fair reporter asked Swift if she was boy crazy for writing songs about her relationships, she called them out, saying that guys don't get the same questions about girls. “For a female to write about her feelings,” she said, “and then be portrayed as some clingy, insane, desperate girlfriend in need of making you marry her and have kids with her, I think that’s taking something that potentially should be celebrated -- a woman writing about her feelings in a confessional way -- that’s taking it and turning it and twisting it into something that is frankly a little sexist.”
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When McCarthy ran into the critic who previously called her a "hippo," she had this to say:
“Are you the one who wrote I was only a good actor when I looked more attractive and that my husband should never be allowed to direct me because he allowed me to look so homely?” The critic said yes. “Would you say that to any guy?” she continued. “When John C. Reilly -- or any actor -- is playing a character that is depressed and dejected, would you say, ‘Well, you look terrible!’?”
Knightly was asked how she balances her personal life and her career -- to which she responded, "Are you going to ask all the men that tonight?”
In the musician's epic Tumblr post pointing out the sexism of being in the public eye, she wrote, “I’m tired of men who aren’t professional or even accomplished musicians continually offering to ‘help me out’ (without being asked), as if i did this by accident and i’m gonna flounder without them. … I have never seen this kind of thing happen to any of my male peers.”
The politician was asked which clothing designers she prefers, but she was not having any of that question. “Would you ever ask a man that question?” she responded.
As someone who didn't get credit for making her own beats -- many people credit them to her male co-producer -- Bjork explained that Kanye West wouldn't have to go through the same experience as a man. “I have nothing against Kanye West,” she said. “[But] with the last album he did, he got all the best beatmakers on the planet at the time to make beats for him. A lot of the time, he wasn’t even there. Yet no one would question his authorship for a second.”
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After the CHVRCHES singer had been dealing with online mysogyny (a.k.a. gross comments on the Internet), she wrote an essay on the matter, declaring it unacceptable.
"Is the casual objectification of women so commonplace that we should all just suck it up, roll over and accept defeat? I hope not. Objectification, whatever its form, is not something anyone should have to 'just deal with.'"
Blanchett called out E!'s glam cam for panning up and down her body -- as if they would do that to a guy!