Many viewers are confused as to why Katy Perry made it so apparent that she was not a feminist. The Webster dictionary definition of Feminism is the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. Why would Katy Perry not believe in equal rights? This is because of how feminism is portrayed as a bunch of extremists who hate men and want superiority. In reality it is the fight for men and women to be paid the same and to be treated equally in society. The portrayal of feminism in media has made feminist a scary word that no one wants to be associated with.
Katy Perry’s speech was one of the many examples of famous women in pop culture not wanting to be referred to as a feminist. When Carrie Underwood was asked if she was considered a feminist she stated “I wouldn't go so far as to say I am a feminist, that can come off as a negative connotation. But I am a strong female. My parents raised me to be pretty independent and I grew up - I have sisters but they're a lot older than me - an only child. I feel like that contributes to how I handle myself and how I carry myself.”
Everyone needs to worry less about the image of feminism and more about the cause itself. It is ridiculous to think a woman can do the same job as a man and still get paid less. You would think that in 2014 America would have fixed something as simple as this. The bad connotation of feminism is taking away from the basic right of equality for women in America.