Ariana Grande shared some wise words over the weekend, treating Twitter to a full-force feminist rant. Following a recent break-up with boyfriend Big Sean, Ariana is now rumoured to be dating One Direction’s Niall Horan after being snapped leaving Niall’s mansion in the early hours. To be honest, we’d think the same if our mate was sneaking out of a guy’s house at 2am, but we get why Ariana is annoyed at the media for linking her to any male she crosses paths with.
But Ariana’s eloquent and intelligent social media speech comes in stark contrast to Kendall Jenner, another young woman who attracts huge media attention for her body flaws and dating woes. While Ariana is eager to let everyone know that she comes from “a long bloodline of female activists”, Kendall doesn’t even know what feminism is. Yep, you read that right. But is it all as bad as it seems? Let’s take a look at the two ladies VERY different takes on the issue.
Clearly sick of endless relationship rumours, Ariana Grande launched into an explosive rant on Twitter, calling out the press for treating her “as a man’s past, present or future PROPERTY/ POSESSION. I…do not belong. To anyone. But myself. And neither do you”. Ariana also quoted feminist icon Gloria Steinem; “Any woman who chooses to behave like a full human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her as something of a dirty joke.. She will need her sisterhood”. Grande’s sisterhood did indeed rally round her, as Taylor Swift tweeted “I'm so proud of you, always. But especially today”.
You can read the full essay above, where Ariana drops some major truth bombs – the fact that “being “empowered”….. is not the same as being a “bitch”” (preach, sister) and that “HAVING SOMETHING TO SAY….. is not the same as HAVING A BAD ATTITUDE”.
Ariana has a lot more to say than Kendall Jenner, who in a recent interview with The Sunday Times Style refused to comment on body image. When asked if her “next question” response was because Kendall considered herself a feminist who didn’t need to spill her every body insecurity to the waiting media, Kendall responded with “I don’t know much about it, so I can’t really speak on it. I get what you’re saying, but I’m not gonna say much because I’d like to be more educated”.
A lot of people have come down hard on the budding supermodel hard for this comment, and we do wonder how someone can STILL not understand feminism in 2015. Kendall should definitely take a look at Ariana’s post to “be more educated”, but isn’t it better for someone to hold her hands up and say ‘I don’t know’ rather than say something they’ll regret in future? But Kendall, if there’s ever a time to get educated, it’s now - and let Ariana help you!
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