Emily Baines
August 04, 2016 11:21 am
HBO

It’s a well known fact that Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw and friends broke all sorts of boundaries back when Sex and the City first premiered. After all, Sex and the City was the first show to openly talk about women’s sexual needs and taught women that they should be proud of their desires and accomplishments.

So we were a little perplexed when we read SJP’s recent Marie Claire interview, in which she declared herself “not a feminist.”

Huh?!

As SJP explained:

“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.”

SJP continued to say that she believed  women should be receiving the same amount of pay as their male counterparts for doing the same exact work. “I would like all of that nonsense to end. I would like women to get paid for the value of their contributions, not by old-fashioned ideas about gender,” she added.

To be clear, this is the definition of feminist, as defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary:

The belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities

So, basically, Sarah Jessica Parker believes everything a feminist believes, but is not a feminist?

This is a classic example of a woman (usually famous one) being afraid to align herself with the word “feminist” due to the stigma society has placed on it. As Jill Filipovic writes for Cosmopolitan:

Ladies, you can love men and believe in sisterhood and still be a feminist!

The word “feminist” has a stigma around it that we must change. Otherwise, celebrities who have quite a broad voice—ones like Sarah Jessica Parker—say and believe all the feminist things without aligning themselves with the very important cause. Feminism is not about hating men. It is not about destroying the nuclear family.

A feminist simply believes a woman should have the same rights and opportunities as men.

So please, ladies, spread the knowledge. The next time a girlfriend says she believes in equal treatment and equal pay claims she is not a feminist, just repeat to her the simple definition of the word. She may change her tune. Knowledge is power.

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