Are Beyonce, Kim Kardashian and Nicki Minaj really harming feminism?
French actress and singer, Lou Doillon, thinks so.
In an interview with the Spanish newspaper El Pais, Doillon criticized the three women for using their body and curvy shapes while calling themselves feminists.
“When I see Nicki Minaj and Kim Kardashian I am appalled. I am telling myself that my grand-mother fought for something else than the right to strut in a thong,” Doillon said.
Doillon must have a short memory and no longer remember that she has herself posed in the front of a camera naked more than once including in 2008 for the cover of Playboy magazine which is far from being a feminist publication.
But Doillon is maybe thinking that her small breasts are more “feminist-ly correct” than the curvy legs and round behind of Nick Minaj and Beyonce. Or maybe she is implying than being white and skinny is less vulgar than being black and curvy.
As a matter of fact, Doillon didn't question Miley Cyrus and her twerk or didn't refer to Madonna and her over-sexualized music videos.
If Doillon's grand-mother fought for women's rights, she certainly didn't fight for the rights of American women and even less for the rights of Black women in America. The war on women in the U.S. makes daily headlines and statistics show that African American women are exposed to a two-fold discrimination: gender and racial.
Doillon, the daughter of French film director, Jacques Doillon, and British actress and singer, Jane Birkin, is simply rejecting – as many have - that different types of feminism can co-exist. Doillon, icon of the white bohemian bourgeoisie, is denying the existence of multiple feminisms which take in consideration race, social background, culture, religion and history.
The French white woman that Doillon is feels entitled to tell Black American women – Beyonce and Nicki Minaj- what a feminist should look like.
It is plain wrong. There is not a good feminism vs. a bad feminism. Each feminist is different and has a personal story. Each feminist has different priorities and strategies. Trying to impose a version of feminism upon others is an attempt to colonize the minds and bodies of women in order to tell them who they should be.
With her tasteless remarks, Doillon, is reducing women to their bodies, covered or uncovered. While it is important for women to decide what they want to do with their bodies, it is as much important for women and girls to get equal access to education, to career opportunities, to retirement and healthcare.