I quite enjoyed the interview with the Chapman brothers in last week’s Observer. Rudeness can be so entertaining.
I was incensed, however, by an article about Amy Winehouse. She said “I wouldn’t say I’m a feminist, but I don’t like girls pretending to be stupid because it’s easier.” Why is it people say “I’m not a feminist” in the same way that they say “I’m not a racist”. Their comments make it clear that they are feminists and, unlike being a racist, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that; so why do people think that there is? Does Ms. Winehouse mean “I don’t believe in equal pay for equal work, I don’t believe that women and men are equally capable and I don’t believe that women should have the same rights as men”? When she says “I wouldn’t say I’m a feminist”, that is, surely, the message she conveys. I am a feminist and so is anyone with the slightest bit of sense. Perhaps this is where Ms. Winehouse’s problem lies.
Any other feminists out there?