Ariana’s Girl Power Message: “We Need To Stand Up For One Another!”
Why the singer is raising her voice for girls everywhere!
It’s been a busy day, and as Ariana Grande takes a breather to lay around and scroll through her Instagram feed, she can’t help but get heated by an annoying pattern she notices. “When a young male artist posts a shirtless picture on Instagram, the comments will be like ‘Oh my God, heart eyes, so hot, babe alert!’” she explains. “If a woman posts anything that expresses her own confidence within her body, she gets a very different response.”
In fact, that double standard has been upsetting Ariana so much lately that she’s begun saving screen shots of different examples she finds online to her camera roll. “If you’re going to rave about how sexy a male artist looks with his shirt off, a woman needs to be treated with the same awe and admiration,” she explains.
“It’s something I feel passionate about”
It’s everyday instances like that one that have had Ariana thinking. What can I do to make a difference? How can I show the world that us girls
are standing together to make a change? Fortunately, she’s come up with a solution: “I think it’s important to talk about what you feel passionate about,” she opens up. “Which is why I talk about feminism.” So what is it exactly that Ariana wants you to know? “A lot of women think of the stereotype that comes with the word ‘feminist,’” Ariana says. “But there’s not just one type of feminist. You can be a feminist who gets their hair and make-up done, you can be a feminist who cuts their hair off and doesn’t wear any make-up. There’s no limit.”
For Ariana, her desire to help spread the word about what it means to be a feminist is not a new one. “I come from a long bloodline of female activists,” she opens up. “I feel like it’s my responsibility to keep the fight going.”
A huge part of that fight is making sure that she is always doing what’s best to stand up for girls everywhere. “I’m willing to take the brunt for fighting in what I believe in,” she shares. “And my fellow women are
definitely something that I will always be one of the first to speak up about.”
The truth is, Ariana is quick to admit that getting treated a certain way simply because she’s a young woman is an experience she’s all too familiar with. Whether it’s dealing with inappropriate or hateful comments on Instagram, or having to brush off people that underestimate her, she’s been there. “I face my fair share of double standards, misogyny and ignorance on a daily basis,” she reveals. “They’re still ever present.” It’s for that reason that Ariana wants girls everywhere to be educated — the more you know, the more power you have to make a change ... once and for all.
“I face ignorance on a daily basis”
“We should all be celebrated”
So the next time you see a girl post a selfie on Instagram, leave a nice comment. If you witness someone calling a girl a rude name for the clothes she’s wearing, defend her. Then, if we all follow Ariana’s lead, we’ll soon see a real change. “We need to stand up for one another!” she says. “We’re all one in the same and should be celebrated for our differences and the things that make us who we are.” And that’s not all. Check out our Feminism 101 dictionary to the right to learn more about what Ari is passionate about!
“I want to be empowering to my fans,” Ariana says. “To me, a dangerous woman is someone who’s not afraid to take a stand, be herself and be honest.”