Another day, another celebrity unwilling to use the F word. The latest star to declare that she's not a feminist is someone who played a character that many people believe is a pretty good example of one. Carrie Bradshaw's alter-ego Sarah Jessica Parker revealed to Cosmopolitan that she doesn't consider herself a feminist and it's just a bit disappointing.
When Cosmopolitan asked if Parker was a feminist, the Sex and the City star said that while she wasn't comfortable with that term, she did consider herself to be a "humanist." Here's why:
Parker isn't the first surprising woman to state that she isn't a feminist. Recently Madonna told the magazine that she prefers the more open term humanist as well. While I believe that both Parker and Madonna's intentions are good, both women are missing the point completely. Being a feminist doesn't mean that you're only interested in equality for women - it just means that you believe women also deserve their share. Plenty of people who consider themselves feminists also believe in equal rights for LGBTQ people and for people of color, but that doesn't mean that they can't also label themselves a feminist.
I see a lot of people trying to sort out their roles... People of color, gays, lesbians, and transgenders who are carving out this space. I'm not spitting in the face or being lazy about what still needs to be done - but I don't think it's just women anymore. We would be so enormously powerful if it were a humanist movement.
I'm happy that Parker sees issues in our society and isn't ignoring them, but I'm a little disappointed that she's shying away from the term "feminist." In actuality, Parker likely fits the bill of a feminist - whether she wants to use the term or not. It's great to have the ideals of a humanist, but let's not write off the word "feminist" as a bad word. It's the kind of F word people should feel more than comfortable saying out loud.