I think it is time for a research writer (me) to set everyone down and have them look over the facts concerning Lana Del Rey and her so-called “anti-feminist” quote. Frankly, I’m surprised to see that there have been multiple references to her recent article with Fader Magazine in 2014 that isolates information in a quote where she said “feminism is boring” — and then immediately cut off the information in the next part of her sentence.
Everyone just seems to want to say, “See, look here. It’s in black and white that Lana Del Rey is an anti-feminist. She said it herself, case closed” — and use one-half of a sentence as their proof.
While some publications like Ms. Magazine are doing a great job of analyzing their discontent for Lana Del Rey’s stance on feminism — others are, in my opinion, just being pitiful.
Long story short, while I usually write about Lana Del Rey’s music career for the Inquisitr, I am taking the time to write this opinion piece to defend the end of Lana Del Rey’s sentence about feminism because it is wrong that she has been singled out in this way — over this one sentence she uttered.
Interestingly, when I examine the second half of that so-called “anti-feminist” statement, I see that Lana Del Rey does not necessarily diss feminism — and it makes me feel annoyed.
What did Lana Del Rey complete her so-called anti-feminist statement with? Lana Del Rey said to Fader Magazine that feminism is “just not an interesting concept…. Whenever people bring up feminism, I’m like, god. I’m just not really that interested. I’m more interested in, you know, SpaceX and Tesla, what’s going to happen with our intergalactic possibilities.”
No, Lana Del Rey did not say that about space, technology, and physics because she is a space cadet with her head in the clouds and not a single brain cell in her head. I say that because when I read what a lot of people who wrote about Lana Del Rey allegedly being anti-feminist, it comes across that the authors seemed to think she was dumb and that’s why she is not interested in feminism.
A good example is an article slapped together by Care2Give on March 29. They titled it “5 Public Figures That Have Avoided the ‘F’ Word” and listed Lana Del Rey as an anti-feminist.
Care2Give goes on to say, “Whether it’s interesting or not, feminism is still important. It’s important because we still have not reached gender equality. So Lana, you can go and talk about space, but the next time you get tired of interviewers asking about your lips and picking apart your body and fashion choices, feminism can help you out.”
The first mistake that the author makes is that Lana Del Rey never said feminism was “not important” — she said it was boring compared to the tech talk Lana Del Rey prefers.
When Rolling Stone wrote an article about Lana Del Rey’s alleged anti-feminist remarks, they produced a less-biased response and said, “When asked more about her feelings on feminism, she defined the word. ‘My idea of a true feminist is a woman who feels free enough to do whatever she wants.’”
After reading the recent Care2Give article, I felt bad for Lana Del Rey because no one is going to let her do what she wants — which is liking tech subjects more than the academic philosophy of Western Feminism. It’s as if these critics of Lana Del Rey think that if women choose college majors that are not Women’s Studies, they are failing feminism.
In my opinion, too many authors do not take the time to do a brief look at Lana Del Rey’s history before they publish about her — and end up writing these scathing anti-feminist articles about her because they isolate that part of her Fader Magazine quote. It’s a case of seeing the trees, but not the forest.
Anyone who takes a brief look at Lana Del Rey’s history (I’m talking about reading her Wikipedia page and not consulting some academic journal) will notice that she studied philosophy in college. To be more specific, Lana Del Rey studied metaphysics at Fordham University.
In other words, maybe she is more interested in reading about Tesla and Space X than a book on the subject of feminism — and that’s great! Science and technology need more intelligent women discussing this subject. There are, after all, a lot of nerdy tech and science ladies that feel rather thirsty for conversation on their level. What about paying attention to that part of Lana Del Rey’s statement about her interests outside of feminism? Why don’t we see her comment through that lens?
When talking about her interests in metaphysics in January of 2013, Lana Del Rey said she was interested in the subject because “it bridged the gap between God and science.”
Lana Del Rey went on to say in that Daily Mail article, “I was interested in God and how technology could bring us closer to finding out where we came from and why.”
Have I said enough to prove my point? In my opinion, Lana Del Rey isn’t destroying feminism or being a harbinger of the death of feminism. Lana Del Rey certainly did not warrant being included in Care2Give’s top 5 anti-feminist list.
In the end, it doesn’t matter who defends or is against her because Lana Del Rey is going to be true to herself — and that’s why fans love her.
On a personal note, when I heard the isolated quote from Lana Del Rey that she thought feminism was boring, I thought to myself, “If I had been interviewing Lana Del Rey for ‘Fader Magazine,’ I would have asked if she was talking about how boring Judith Butler’s writing is.”
In my final reflections on Lana Del Rey’s “feminism is boring” comment, I feel that saying its boring is not necessarily a threatening statement, but a general comment that hurts feminists because it contains a grain of truth.
So if Lana Del Rey thinks metaphysics is cooler than feminism as a subject matter, I can’t help but to agree. Saying that doesn’t mean either of us are anti-feminists or think feminism is not important.
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