WOMEN
12/05/2012 10:56 am ET

Enough With The Feminist Police

Last week, Katy Perry joined Melissa Leo, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Marissa Mayer, and Taylor Swift to become the latest powerful woman (how far can you projectile-ejaculate frosting from your nipples?) to denounce the feminist movement. "I am not a feminist, but I do believe in the strength of women,” Perry said while accepting Billboard’s Woman of the Year award last week. The statement prompted a flurry of feminist concern. “Why are women scared to call themselves feminists?” Mary Elizabeth Williams asked in Salon before taking a shot at answering her own question: To the women who think the feminist label no longer applies, Williams says, “Ha! HA HA HA!”

Here’s one reason some women might not identify as feminists: Whenever they begin to engage with the material, feminists condescendingly dismiss them as morons, complete with all-caps maniacal laughter. “Hi Katy Perry! At its most simple definition, all feminism means is that you think that women should be equal to men, okay? Cool, thanks, byyyyye!” Jezebel schooled. “It's like she doesn't understand what a feminist is. Is this what happens when you're homeschooled after the age of 15?” the site previously wrote of Swift. Responses like these may amuse declared feminists who must constantly contend with uninformed celebrities misstating their movement. But they’re unlikely to help the cause.

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