Kristen Hatten articulated it best when she said, "Only a movement so far up its own ass could call both Meshell Ndegeocello and Madonna 'feminists.'"
In this case it's more like Malala Yousafzai and Beyoncé.
Now, as someone who's often told I can't call myself a feminist because I don't believe in violence in the womb, trust me, I'm very slow to kick anyone out of the club. However, allowing women who constantly commodify their bodies for the highest bidding award show or best paying record label to proclaim themselves as "feminists" without any outrage means we're okay with them prostituting all of our bodies. Because this isn't just damaging to them. They are creating a culture that sees all of us as parts and pieces to be acquired, sold, and traded at leisure.
It's bad for the message. It's bad for the movement. It's bad for women.
What they are doing is not feminism, it's pussy power. Plain and simple. And there's a big difference between the two.
They're frustrated, so they cheat. They give a big "F-U!" to the rest of us and decide this is how they're beating the man (off *cough*). I get it. Sometimes the thought of being viewed as a fully equal human being also seems like a daydream. However, I choose not to suck balls to get ahead. Literally.
You might not understand the difference, so let me give you a few examples:
Pussy Power Fauxminism says, "First both of my legs go back on your head, and whatever you want, yeah baby, I'm bad." -Beyoncé
Feminism says, "Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less." -Susan B. Anthony
Pussy Powers says, "You want me? I walk down the hallway. You like it? The bedroom's my runway. Slap me! I'm pinned to the doorway. Kiss, bite, foreplay." -Queen B
Feminism says, “I raise up my voice - not so I can shout but so that those without a voice can be heard... we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.” -Malala Yousafzai
Pussy Power says, "I know when you were little girls, you dreamt of being in my world. Don’t forget it, don’t forget it. Respect that, bow down, bitches." -Yep, Bey, again
Feminism says, “I will not have my life narrowed down. I will not bow down to somebody else's whim or to someone else's ignorance.” -bell hooks
I see so many "feminists" enraged when their daughters are sent home for wearing skirts that are too short, then they turn around and take the same 15-year-old to a Bey concert. How damned confused do you want that kid to be? Which is it, ladies?! Are we carnal, animalistic sexual creatures, or not? You can't have it both ways. If we want men to be better, we must be better. It's just that basic. We must be the leaders who show them not just how to treat us, but how to treat every single human being they come in contact with. We seriously have that much power and it could change the entire freaking world if we could get our acts together.
We are not equal. Thank God. We want equal human rights, and we damn well deserve them, but at the end of the day we are uniquely feminine. Once we finally realize this, perhaps we can get this clusterfucked movement back on track, because right now we have a bunch of chicks rep'n feminism while shakin' their asses on MTV. And WE'RE PROUD OF THAT?!? Really?
Our innate powers and abilities are what set us apart. The second we embrace everything that makes us female, rather than denying it or whoring it out, we might finally stand a chance. Right now "feminism" is stuck in the extremes. We treat our fertility like a disease and burden, rather than the bad ass super power it is (we can make people, let. that. shit. sink. in.), OR we're nothing but sexual creatures, so sexually liberated that every orifice is primed and ready at all times. I bet the patriarchy just hates that.
Dear god, please wake up, Feminism. Because you look stupid.