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I always find Meg Cabot's blog entertaining, but her latest entry (from October 10th) made me want to applaud.


*Dear Gwen Stefani,

Okay, so I’m really worried about you. Did you have a fever or something when you did that interview for this month’s ALLURE, the one where you said you aren’t a feminist?

I know there’s been a trend lately where female musicians deny being a feminist—both Bjork and PJ Harvey denied being feminists in BUST magazine, for instance.

But I really thought you, Gwen, were above all that. Don’t you know that all feminism means is that you believe in equal social, political, and economic rights for women? It doesn’t mean you think women are better than men. It just means you think they are EQUAL to men, and deserve the same rights.

To give you credit, you DID tell the reporter that you needed to know what her definition of feminism was before you would answer her question (which you then didn’t do). I have provided, above, the dictionary definition of feminism. As you can see, that definition doesn’t say anything about how feminists can’t wear cute clothes or makeup and still call themselves feminists, because, um, duh, we totally can. And many of us do.

So please get back to me at your earliest opportunity with your answer—are you a feminist? Or are you not? Because if you say you’re not, I’m going to have to stop buying your records, as I’ve stopped buying Bjork’s and PJ’s, because I would rather support female artists who DO believe in equal social, political, and economic rights for women.

Love,

Meg


Meg Cabot, your teen books are absolutely perfect brain candy (and I finally gave in and bought the final Mediator title in hardcover from Amazon because I can't wait any longer for the paperback to come out. I am weak), and you rock.

ETA: Except Kate pointed out a bi-phobic bit I must have skimmed over in a recent entry, because if I'd read it before I would have expressed my disappointment here. Come on, Meg! I'm so disappointed. You rock 99% of the time, but perpetuating the whole bisexual=automatically-unfaithful myth is just not on.

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protoainsley
Oct. 12th, 2005 08:47 pm (UTC)
I found the final Mediator book to be well worth the splurge for hardcover. It's such tasty brain candy!
starfishchick
Oct. 12th, 2005 08:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks for posting this - good job, Meg Cabot!
cangetmad
Oct. 12th, 2005 09:06 pm (UTC)
Yes! But then I read down and found the bit where she tells the women of the world not to date bisexual men without admitting that bisexual men exist. Not so clever.
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AGGGH. Also, AAAGGGGH. - ladyxoc - Oct. 12th, 2005 10:01 pm (UTC) - Expand
shazad
Oct. 12th, 2005 09:34 pm (UTC)
wow. i am not sure what is more sad. gwen stefani selling out on her vagina or this lady thinking she is a writer after producing one overrated piece of popular fiction/modern day fairy tale escapist pos, then writing letters to other untalented women for the mere fact that they are celebrities. i wonder if she realizes the futility of her semantics?
stellanova
Oct. 12th, 2005 10:21 pm (UTC)
Meg Cabot written over 20 excellent books for kids, which makes her a writer in my book, and she's a very funny writer. Not particularly sad. And the "letters" aspect of that column was obviously a joke, even if you didn't get it.
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Oh, look. A wild bore. - ladyxoc - Oct. 13th, 2005 11:41 am (UTC) - Expand
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daegaer
Oct. 13th, 2005 12:28 pm (UTC)
Given that she's an internationally successful author with books for both adults and children, I'd say she's very justified in thinking of herself as a writer.
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ladyxoc
Oct. 12th, 2005 10:02 pm (UTC)
Good god alfuckingmighty.

What is with these damned people anyhow, is everyone afraid their tits will just drop right off if they say they are a feminist??

stellanova
Oct. 12th, 2005 10:36 pm (UTC)
I know! Which is why I'm so glad to see someone with an audience of teenage girls proudly saying that she's a feminist.
jeejeen
Oct. 12th, 2005 10:05 pm (UTC)
Dear Gwen,

What's with the Asian schoolgirl entourage?

Hearts,
Jenn
stellanova
Oct. 13th, 2005 09:17 am (UTC)
Human pets! Ick, ick, ick. Does she realise how creepy it is?
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fox1013
Oct. 12th, 2005 10:59 pm (UTC)
Ew, I'd missted the anti-bi thing in my glee over her repeated insutls to GWB and to all the people who were insulted by Ready or Not.

(Have you read RoN yet? I bought it in hardcover as a sign of support against all the people who refuse to ever buy another one of her books again because SQUEE.)
stellanova
Oct. 13th, 2005 09:19 am (UTC)
I was waiting for the paperback, but I just went mad the other day and bought it and the Mediator hardback in a show of support for her feminist-promoting.

I must have missed the bi thing for the same reason as you - I love when she gets all ranty. Did you see the bit about finding the teen Left Behind books in the teen "real life" section of a book store, and how she started worrying that the fundies were right and the Rapture had actually happened and everyone knew except her?
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flossedinspace
Oct. 13th, 2005 04:48 am (UTC)
Hello. Is it ok if I add you to my friends list? I was doing an interest-trawl and I found your journal. I love the way you write. And I also noticed that you had a lind to gofugyourself, which is the website I check first every morning. Before the news even.

My journal is very new, and I haven't decided whether or not I'll update it yet (I use it mainly for commenting and communities), but you never know, I might one day.

Becky.
toadstone
Oct. 13th, 2005 11:26 am (UTC)
I do agree with this in a way - it annoys me too when women are all "Ew, I do shave my legs you know" when they're asked about feminism. But to never buy a record by Bjork or P. J. Harvey because they once made a remark you didn't agree with? Crazy. First of all, you're missing out on some great music there Meg, and second of all I think both of those women are feminist role models whatever they say and probably have a more complex relationship with and understanding of the feminist movement than just the hairy legs reaction. There's this interview with Bjork for example:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/features/story/0,11710,1436320,00.html
Meh to Gwen Stefani though

Erm, anyway. I really like your blog!
cangetmad
Oct. 13th, 2005 01:57 pm (UTC)
Actually, my problem with that was the implication that she doesn't mind if the male musicians she listens to aren't feminists/ supporters of feminism. I can see drawing a line at the people who say "not a feminist" (certainly for white Western women the reasons I hear for saying no are pretty much always ones I hugely disagree with), but then why exclude blokes from having to be sensible.
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