Celebrity Feminism

There are various belief systems and styles within the genre of celebrity feminism. Jennifer Wicke splits feminism into two genres, materialist feminism and academic feminism. She believes that if you combine the two labels, you create celebrity feminism.
Celebrity feminism the mediated nimbus around academic feminism, is a new locus for feminist discourse, feminist politics, and feminist conflicts, both conflicts internal to feminism and feminism’s many struggles with antifeminist forces.
Every female struggles with various factors from life, weather they are celebrity, materialist or academic feminists.

Generally, audiences have negative and positive connotations on feminism and that is why celebrity feminists feel the urge to speak up. They want to display (Red Letter Press n.d. quoting Rebecca West) “the notion that women are people.” The celebrity feminist usually promotes basic human rights.

On their internet site, Zimbio (2012) have displayed contemporary feminist celebrities for their individual efforts in society. A revised list is as follows:
1. Ellen Page – played a pregnant teenager in the movie, Juno. She said, “I don’t love abortion but I want women to be able to choose.”
2. Reese Witherspoon – the global ambassador for ending domestic violence. She said, “Domestic violence is an issue that affects 1 in 3 women all over the world.”
3. Gabrielle Union – an advocate for Planned Parenthood. She said, “One in five women will visit a Planned Parenthood. We cannot eliminate the funding.”
4. Natalie Portman – her charity is lending money to small business in developing countries, specifically for women and young children.
5. Ellen De Generes – campaigner for civil rights, particularly same-sex marriage rights. She said, “Instead of showing your boobs, show people your brain.”
6. Geena Davis – head of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media, the organisation does research on gender disparities for children.
7. Joan Jett – started the first all girl rock band. She said, “For some reason people are afraid of powerful women I don’t really get it.”
8. Joan Fonda – is calling for a feminist revolution. She said, “The opposite of patriarchy isn’t matriarchy. It is democracy.”
9. Angelina Jolie – a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador. She said, “I think we all want justice and equality, a chance for a life with meaning.”
10. Tina Fey – created an entire new brand of feminism. She is paving the way for future women to be as powerful as they want.
11. Lady Gaga – has combined pop culture and feminism.
12. Ashley Judd – member of Women for Women International, Equality now, and the Leadership Council of the International Center for Research on Women.
13. Keira Kn’ightley – the spokesperson for Amnesty International and Women’s Aid. She said, “It seems that ‘human rights’ has become a bit of a loaded term in this country.”
14. Gabourey Sidibe – has only played heavy movie roles that are “gritty and honest.”

While this list is a frugal representation of celebrity feminism, it does display some of what contemporary celebrity feminists stand for. Celebrity feminists are females who have created their own world while trying to help their fellow man. It is the no-nonsense equality that celebrity feminists are fighting for.

“What is feminism?: Feminism 101.” Red Letter Press, n.p., n.d. Web. http://www.redletterpress.org/feminism101.html
Wicke, Jennifer Celebrity Material: Materialist Feminism and the Culture of Celebrity
“Celebrity Feminist Icons.” Zimbio, n.p., n.d. Web.

Published by Julie-Ann Pearl Ellis

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