Singer Ariana Grande Takes a Stand Against Sexism in Media
The “Break Free” singer says she doesn’t want to be defined by her relationships.
Image via Ariana Grande's Instagram.
Hell hath no fury like a feminist subjected to the sexist treatment of celebrity tabloid news. See: Ariana Grande, the pop and R&B artist whose recent break-up with singer Big Sean has been fodder for entertainment sites since April. The performer was so upset with coverage of her love life that she took to Twitter with an essay-length salvo decrying the media’s sexist bent. Grande says she’s been refusing to answer questions about her relationships.
“I meant what I said about not being Sean’s ex is that I am tired of living in a world where women are mostly referred to as a man’s past, present or future,” she wrote. “I... do not. belong. to anyone. but myself. and neither do you.”
She also went on to pay homage to her feminist predecessors, like her aunt Judy, who was the first Italian-American woman president of the National Press Club in Washington D.C., and the famed feminist writer and activist Gloria Steinem. Grande acknowledges that she’s saying nothing new when she denounces the double standard imposed on women’s sexuality. Men who sleep around a lot are “studs,” while women who do the same are “sluts.”
“I’m saying this after literally 8 years of feeling like I constantly had to have a boy by my side,” wrote Grande. “After being on my own for a few months I am realizing that that’s just not the case… I have never felt more present, grounded, and satisfied. I’ve never laughed harder or had more fun or enjoyed my life more.”
Grande earned fervent hosannas from fellow pop singer Taylor Swift.