hates Katy Perry. ‘I am uncomfortable with the growing acceptance of Katy Perry, because, Feminism’
writes Doyle, in her usual, shouty, American, slightly faux-ironic, OH GOD aren’t we all so zany and influenced by Lindy- I-called-Samantha-from-SATC2-a-withered-vagina-West? style.
Apparently, Sady hates Katy because Katy refuses to fit into the two stereotypes of womanhood as seen in popular music these days: Madonna and Whore. Doyle describes Taylor Swift as fulfilling the ‘Madonna’ role, and Ke$ha as playing the part of the ‘Whore’. I wonder what role she thinks Madonna herself has played, during her career?
Doyle doesn’t like either artist, but she hates Perry more:
‘Because the Taylor Swift act is an act. The Ke$ha act is an act. We know these women to be actresses, each playing to a specific archetype of womanhood, with some major collaboration by the media which wants to construe them as one or the other ANYWAY’.
But Perry is not acting according to Doyle, she actually is this horrible version of womanhood that is both and neither Madonna and Whore:
‘She shows up talking about your cock and shooting whipped cream out of her tits, and then she talks about how marriage is super-important to her and she “tamed” her husband out of non-monogamy. She kissed a girl, and she liked it, but ultimately it’s very important that her boyfriend don’t mind it, because he has veto power on her sexuality. She wants to see your cock, but not really, cocks are for heterosexual monogamous marriage and she has one of those. She wants to be a bad girl who’s also a good girl, a Whore who’s also a Madonna, and it’s not about complexity, DON’T SAY IT’S ABOUT COMPLEXITY, it’s the exact same thing sex-positive AND older-school feminists have been complaining about FOREVER.’
I hate writing about ‘femininity’ because I only ever seem to find negative accounts of it in the media, and particularly from feminists. I thought feminism was about celebrating, supporting, championing women. But all I can find, over and over again, is feminists hating on women. For being the wrong kind of women.
I don’t have much of an opinion about Katy Perry. I neither hate nor love her. I am not a fan of her music. But I am not a critic either.
But Doyle’s diatribe has made me want to defend Katy. For being whatever it is she is. For being hated MORE than other women pop artists, who are already hated, for being whatever they are. Or for pretending to be something they are not. Or something.
I tell you who I am starting to dislike: Sady – I take on the big daddy patriarchs like Michael Moore and John Boehner and I beat them with my feminist stick and I am woman hear me roar – Doyle.
Women who don’t meet the approval of feminists always meet with my approval.
Because they show up feminism for what it is: a way of policing women and men, and defining what kind of femininity and masculinity is acceptable and what kind isn’t.
Don’t let the bastards grind you down.