I was kind of laughing about this:
What does it really mean to be a feminist in Hollywood these days?
Others chimed in with opinions such as “an excellent night for women not wearing pants,”
OK, so Beyonce did a pretty epic performance at the VMA’s- 15 minutes, most of her album. And she did so without pants and flashed FEMINIST across the screen at one point.
I didn’t really see a problem. Feminism includes the idea that women should be allowed to wear what they want and not get judged on it. But then I remembered this Kathleen Hanna interview from a while back:
CNN: What do you make of singers like Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Ke$ha who are seemingly touching on themes of gay empowerment in their music, but for some reason it doesn’t quite resonate?
Hanna: I mean, is it really that different when it’s a skinny white woman in a bathing suit singing these things? None of these women ever wear pants, first of all. Second of all, just because you’re wearing a goofy hat doesn’t make it performance art.
(again, my emphasis)
PANTS! WHAT ARE THE POLITICS OF WEARING OR NOT WEARING PANTS?
I don’t know. I think this pants thing is silly, and Kathleen Hanna came off as an angry old person in that interview.
On the subject of pants, I will firmly state that I do not consider pants (or lack thereof) to be a reason to discriminate against someone or not listen to their opinion. Provided they wear something that covers their genitals.
Some awesome people not wearing pants:Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
Wait, who was that last one? Kathleen Hanna. With no pants on. In her defense, I’m sure I can find photos of her wearing pants back then.
For the record, I have never appeared at a show in anything that looked like underwear or a swimsuit, and the world is probably a better place for it. But I don’t want to rule it out either. Keeping my options open. Just in case.