The f-word is a touchy one. Hey, we’re talking about feminism, here. Get your mind out of the gutter.
Feminism is, at its core, about equal opportunity for men and women of all shapes, races, walks of life, etc. It’s about acceptance. But sometimes, feminists get territorial about their cause. This often leads them to exclude women they believe to be doing damage to their own definitions of what feminism is. Exclusion equals not inclusion, which means some feminists do very non-feminist things. Confusing, isn’t it?
The following women once shaded other women because they believed them to be against their own feminist ideals. From Kate Winslet to Camille Paglia, here are women throwing shade at each other in the name of feminism.
Who she shaded: Young women who support Bernie Sanders
“[Young women are] going to get more activist as they get older,” Steinem, a Hillary Clinton supporter, said. “And when you’re young, you’re thinking, ’Where are the boys?’ The boys are with Bernie.” Basically, Steinem thinks girls are boy crazy and base their votes off of who boys are voting for.
Who she shaded: Jennifer Lawrence
After Jennifer Lawrence ignited conversation about Hollywood’s gender pay gap near the end of 2015, Kate Winslet spoke out about having “such a problem” with this kind of talk. “I understand why [these conversations] are coming up, but maybe it’s a British thing: I don’t like talking about money. Its a bit vulgar, isn’t it?” she told BBC Newsbeat.
Who she shaded: Beyoncé
Annie Lennox was not feeling Beyoncé’s 2014 VMAs peformance during which Bey stood boldly in front of the word “feminist.” Lennox said the following of Bey while speaking toPrideSource magazine: “I would call that ’feminist lite.’ L-I-T-E. I’m sorry. It’s tokenistic to me. I think she’s a phenomenal artist… but I’d like to sit down [with her].”
Who she shaded: Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj
Author and activist bell hooks brought up the feminist (or lack thereof) implications of Beyoncé’s “Partition” and Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” while lecturing at The New School. hooks revealed that she didn’t think either song was liberating or feminist in the slightest and that “Anaconda” was particularly “boring.”
Who she shaded: Taylor Swift and Hillary Clinton
Author and professor Camille Paglia, 68, wrote an essay back in December calling Taylor Swift, 26, a “Nazi Barbie.” Paglia is also open about her dislike for Hillary Clinton. “We’re going to reward with the presidency a woman who has enabled [Bill Clinton]; the depredations and the exploitation of women…?” Paglia told Reason TV.
Who she shaded: Taylor Swift
“Feminism is so multilayered and complex that it can be frustrating when the media and the celebrities involved in it make feminism and ’squads’ feel like this very happy, exclusive, perfect thing,” Blanchard told Just Jared in an interview. “’Squad goals’ can polarize anyone who is not white, thin, tall and always happy.” Who’s white, thin, tall and has a superstar girl squad? Taylor Swift.