Break free!

Ariana Grande shares feminist essay, quotes Gloria Steinem

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And the latest celebrity to publicly come out as a feminist is … Ariana Grande! The effervescent pop singer joined the fray by sharing a “feminist manifesto” in which she speaks out against gender discrimination and double standards. Angry at recent media coverage, which has framed her almost exclusively in the context of her (now former) relationship with rapper Big Sean, she took to Twitter to proclaim “I … do not. belong. to anyone. but myself. and neither do you.” She goes on to talk about misogyny and double standards, such as the shaming of women who openly celebrate their sexuality, while men are “regaled” for doing the same thing. In the same breath, she references Gloria Steinem´s 1969 essay “After Black Power, Women’s Liberation” and quotes the feminist icon on the necessity of sisterhood. The tweet linking to her statement has been re-tweeted more than 65,000 times and garnered her support from fellow pop star and feminist Taylor Swift. Grande also shared that, after being “on her own” for a few months, she is “making the best music I’ve ever made in my life” and that she has “never felt more present, grounded, and satisfied” than she does right now. That’s one less, one less problem …

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