Intro for August 5, 2016
Two fashion magazines were making headlines yesterday about feminism. Let’s start with Sarah Jessica Parker on the cover of Marie Claire. Last year SJP told Cosmopolitan that she prefers to call herself a “humanist” and not a feminist. This time, in Marie Claire, she declares that:
"I am not a feminist. I don't think I qualify. I believe in women and I believe in equality, but I think there is so much that needs to be done that I don't even want to separate it anymore. I'm so tired of separation. I just want people to be treated equally."
Then in the rest of the interview SJP proceeds to call for the end of the gender pay gap and shouts out Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Watson for voicing their support of women’s issues and women’s rights…which…um… kinda means she’s a feminist.
SJP is supposedly heading to the White House tonight. Page Six reports that Michelle Obama has planned a surprise birthday party for President Obama with a guest list that also includes other celebrities Beyoncé, Jay Z, Usher, Kendrick Lamar, Stevie Wonder, and Ellen DeGeneres. POTUS turned 55 yesterday. To celebrate his birthday he wrote a 1,500 word essay that was exclusively published in Glamour that the NYT has described as his “most extensive remarks about feminism” reiterating, yet again, that he is proudly a feminist and encouraging men especially join him in embracing the label, the word, the identity, and living its principles.
Tonight is the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympic Games. Many have already said that these Games will be dominated by women. The Australian Olympic delegation is sending a greater number of female athletes than male athletes. The United States is sending a record number of female athletes to the Games, with 292 women representing America. Women, however, were once prohibited from competing at the Olympics. Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the man credited with reviving the Olympics, believed that “(w)oman’s glory rightfully came through the number and quality of children she produced, and that where sports were concerned, her greatest accomplishment was to encourage her sons to excel rather than to seek records for herself.”
In Rio, we will see a woman named Ibtihaj Mohammad become the first Olympian to compete at the Games while wearing a hijab. She calls herself the “Hijabi Zorro”. And she has been very outspoken about the fact that she’s not just there to win, she’s there to represent:
"I feel like I owe it to my community, I owe it to people who look like me and fight struggles every day, to hear something different. It's up to all us to combat these things. I have to speak up because I know there were people before me that did it."
She’s a feminist. I’m a feminist. Are you a feminist?
Have a great weekend!
Yours in gossip,
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