I don’t really know where to begin with this one, as it’s a bit of a doozy. Is it annoying that any time a female celebrity sits down to do an interview, they’re asked if they consider themselves a feminist? Sure, of course it is – particularly because men should be asked the same damn question (moreso than women, I’d say) and second of all because you’d think, duh, if you’re a woman, you’ve obviously got to be a feminist if you have a brain in your head that works, right? I suppose Kaley Cuoco is the exception to that rule, however, because she wouldn’t call herself a feminist at all – after all, she loves serving her husband, Ryan Sweeting.
Here’s what she had to say when Redbook asked her if she’s a feminist:
“Is it bad if I say no? It’s not really something I think about. Things are different now, and I know a lot of the work that paved the way for women happened before I was around… I was never that feminist girl demanding equality, but maybe that’s because I’ve never faced inequality. I cook for Ryan five nights a week: it makes me feel like a housewife; I love that. I know it sounds old-fashioned, but I like the idea of women taking care of their men. I’m so in control of work that I like coming home and serving him. My mom was like that, so I think it kind of rubbed off.”
Ugh, this is a toughie. Firstly, being a real feminist means that I kinda have to accept the fact that she doesn’t consider herself one. Also, feminism means a woman chooses what she wants to do, so if Kaley wants to “serve” her man, then that’s just fine and dandy. Live your life, girl.
On the other hand, how ignorant is this chick? Like, “I was never that feminist girl demanding equality”? Uh… at least she has the sense to realize that she’s pretty fucking privileged, considering she’s a white girl with blonde hair from an upper class family – what equality did she need to demand? It’s a privilege that she doesn’t have to think about it, but just because something hasn’t touched you personally (that she realizes – it only hasn’t touched her BECAUSE so many people have fought for her right to ignorance) doesn’t mean you can’t still support it. I’m privileged because I’m white, middle class, American, etc – it doesn’t mean I don’t empathize with those outside of that bracket.
I’m always baffled but the extreme stupidity of people, but it is Kaley Cuoco we’re talking about here, so I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised. No wonder she hates the sound of her own voice. I’m with her on that one, and I’m only reading it in print.