Feminism is without a doubt one of 2015’s buzziest buzz words. Finally, it seems the stigma feminism is synonymous with anti-men is dissolving, and we can make room for open conversations about the movement. These seven celebrities are proof people are warming up to the idea of feminism. They all said something in opposition to the concept in the past, but now proudly declare themselves feminists. Want to know why? Because all feminism means is you think men and women deserve equal rights. And if you don’t believe that, then what’s wrong with you? Check out these celebrities’ journeys from feminism nay to yay, and give us your thoughts on this issue in the comments.
Feminist: “I am a feminist. So many people have this misinterpretation of feminism as man-hating, which it isn’t. It’s got nothing to do with that.” – May 2010
Feminist: “Honestly, I didn’t have an accurate definition of feminism when I was younger. I didn’t quite see all the ways that feminism is vital to growing up in the world we live in.” – 2015
Feminist: “A feminist? Uh, yeah, actually. I used to not really understand what that word meant, and now that I do, it just means that I love myself as a female and I also love men.” – 2014, when asked if she is a feminist
Feminist: “I’ve always considered myself a feminist, although I was always afraid of that word because people put so much on it.” – 2014
Feminist: “If I’m allowed to be [feminist]. If feminism is a synonym for equality, then, yeah, sure.” – November 2014
Feminist: “But now that there’s a conversation about it, and men can be feminists, really all feminism means is equality. I don’t know why there was such a backlash against it for a while. It’s not anti-men, we need men and men need women — we came from a woman.” – Later in 2013, clarifying her previous statement
Feminist: “Now I feel like there’s this new wave of feminists coming up that are truly about equal rights for women. I mean, Beyoncé is, like, killing the game, and I love her.” – 2015