Ari­ana’s Girl Power Mes­sage: “We Need To Stand Up For One An­other!”

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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.”

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