Emily Ratajkowski Goes All No-Duh On Us And Says Clothes, Sex And Dancing Don’t Alter Your Feminism

It's not for us to question her feminism, but she clearly hasn't worked out that it's not her outfit choices people have an issue with...


by Sophie Wilkinson |
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It isn’t generally seen as very feminist to question whether people are just saying they’re feminists for show, but it does seem that way this week. As well as Karl ‘Adele is fat’ Lagerfeld putting on a recreation of a feminist rally, with slogan-filled placards and Chanel-themed megaphones at his Paris Fashon Week show, we’ve got Emily Ratajkowski saying she’s a feminist.

Speaking to Cosmopolitan, the model who appeared in the Blurred Lines video and now plays a supporting role in Gone Girl, said she feels lucky to ‘wear what she wants, sleep with whom she wants, and dance how she wants, while still being a feminist’.

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Well… of course. There’s no feminist-decreed list of clothes to wear, sex to have and methods of dancing. So no, those three things shouldn’t get in the way of Emily’s feminist credentials. Although what she says does imply that other feminists don’t approve of her behaviour . It’s her body, she can do what she likes – providing she’s doing it for herself and not simply for men’s pleasure.

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But we’re still going to be a little iffy about Emily, mainly because we can’t get our head around someone actually wanting to dance naked around a suited, drugged-up Robin Thicke staggering about like a lone stag party guest blowing smoke in their face and for that to be the highlight of their career so far.

Oh, and there was that time she said the video ‘is actually celebrating women and their bodies’ – which we clearly disagree with on many different levels.

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Blurred Lines – the video and the song – sort of propagated the idea that women are animals that need caging and uncaging, and to be given permission to do what they want only when granted by others. It would be silly to borrow this principle to have a go at Emily, right?

So here’s a deal: Emily, if you’re reading, we’ll let you define yourself how you like, as long as you let us do the same.

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This article originally appeared on The Debrief.

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