Why Feminism IS a Dirty Word.

You’re probably thinking how dare she! (or he). But let’s think about it, at the moment it is. Too many women disagree about what constitutes feminism. 

Take for instance the latest cele-bitchy argument involving none other than Miley Cyrus, Nikki Minaj, Kim Kardashian and Rashida Jones whereby Jones has taken it upon herself to call out the other three celebs as ‘whores’ for their near nude trend setting.

Jones tweeted ‘This week’s celeb news takeaway: she who comes closest to showing the actual inside of her vagina is most popular.

Whilst the use of bitch, slut and whore by the female population may have originated as a political move, probably third wave feminist, but has it gone too far when it amounts to actual slut shaming?

I would argue that part of the reason why feminism is in such a mess is that no one can actually agree on what it entails (and that is even if they are one of the few who actually know what it means). I mean, there are some that capitalise the word feminism to read as Feminism.

So I ask the question, how can we expect anyone to get what we are on about if we cannot even agree?



– Claws xo

Team Miley or Sinead?

Last week’s Open Letters to Miley debacle took me back to the days of HSC English, specifically the text “Letters to Alice Upon Reading Jane Austen” by Fay Weldon. The epistolary novel is a series of open letters Aunt Fay is writing to her niece with green and black hair. Alice is about to begin a course in english literature and wants to publish a novel.


For those of you who do not frequent social media or (trashy) ‘news’ sites as often as I do, basically the ex ‘Nothing Compares to You’ singer wrote an open letter to Miley warning her of the dangers of the music industry. Miley’s response? act like an immature brat and call her a psychopath (okay, in not so many words but she did make reference to Sinead’s depression and Amanda Bynes in the same twitter post. However, although I do not doubt that Sinead’s letters were coming from a good place, the content of her letters are at times contradictory and sexist, undermining the rest of the content of the letters. The double standard arguments that it’s become difficult to take her stance seriously.

In one of the open letters, Sinead O’Connor writes,

This is a dangerous world. We don’t encourage our daughters to walk around naked in it because it makes them prey for animals and less than animals”

and that Miley,

“ought be protected as a precious young lady”.

What is presented here is a forceful slut-shaming rhetoric, promoting an unhealthy discourse of women as objects “to be protected” and as potential “prey” for presenting themselves in the wrong way.

My question for you is, are you team Miley or Sinead? Or Neither?

The result? Sinéad Vows to Sue ‘Fuckin Stupid’ Miley Cyrus (nymag.com)

– Claws xo