Kelly Clarkson: Have We ‘Killed’ the Term Feminist?

Mar 3, 2015 at 1:43 pm |

Kelly Clarkson the Feminist

(Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)

Kelly Clarkson is officially back in the limelight after becoming a mother, and is as unafraid to speak her mind as she’s always been.

The “Heartbeat Song” singer recently clarified some comments she made on the topic of feminism during a 2013 interview, and now she wants you to know what she really meant.

When the self-made artist asked if she would consider herself feminist by the Time she responded with this…

No, I wouldn’t say feminist — that’s too strong. I think when people hear feminist, it’s like, “Get out of my way, I don’t need anyone.” I love that I’m being taken care of, and I have a man that’s a leader. I’m not a feminist in that sense … but I’ve worked really hard since I was 19, when I first auditioned for Idol.

However, the performing artist seems to embody many ideals of modern feminism: a self-made singer (with a net worth of 29 million,) refers to herself as “ballsy,” and has a refreshingly positive body image. She even teaches workshops encouraging young girls to feel the same way.

Kelly was recently able to clarify some of her comments on Huff Post, claiming that her initial “opinion got a little misled.”

Worried about the negative connotations that have been associated with the word caused Kelly to distance herself from the term. “I feel people have associated the word ‘feminist’ with ‘b*tch’ and ‘man-hater’ and all theses things,” says Kelly. “And I’m definitely not that girl. That’s what I meant by that.”

Kelly goes further to explain how she feels the word has been distorted in recent years by comparing it to another label. “[The word] diva used to mean something great. It was a female opera singer who could floor the room. They could be like, ‘Oh man, she’s such a diva.’ Now it’s a negative term to throw around. We’ve kind of killed it in a sense.” But she seems hopeful about reclaiming the term in the future. “Just recently, people are starting to turn back around to where it’s not such a negative, nasty feel to it.”

Aside from exemplifying feminist ideals herself, Kelly confirms that equal rights have always been important to her. “Obviously I believe in female equal rights. I’m not an idiot. I’m a female. I believe in equal rights across the board.”

It’s the labels that have us all misled. “I don’t think everybody knows what the correct term is,” she admits. Seems like Miss Independent knows exactly who she is and what she wants to represent.


Kelly’s scared of the feminist label, and now she’s here to tell you why. Do you agree with her views? Find out…