Songwriter Schools Lady Gaga and Other Stars Who Say They’re Not Feminists

Katie Goodman wants to set the record straight about the f-word.
Mar 25, 2015·
Jennifer Swann is TakePart’s culture and lifestyle reporter.

Kelly Clarkson, Shailene Woodley, and Carrie Underwood are among the dozens of celebrity women who have made headlines for denouncing feminism, declaring that they don’t like labels or that they’re not against men.

The comedian and singer Katie Goodman thinks they’re missing the point. To count the ways feminism has been misbranded and demonized by celebrities, Goodman took to her piano to perform a musical open letter to all the stars who’ve got feminism wrong.

“Just take a look at the checklist: You like voting? You like driving? You’re a feminist,” Goodman sings as images of women’s suffrage flash on the screen. The video, which includes a nod to Gloria Steinem and the work of second-wave American feminists who fought for reproductive rights, scored support from Steinem herself. She promoted it on her Twitter and Facebook pages on Tuesday, a day before her 81st birthday. (Happy birthday, Ms. Steinem!)

While activists such as Steinem have made great strides for women, Goodman insists there’s still a need for feminism: There are only 20 female U.S. Senators out of 100, and there are only 84 female U.S. representatives out of 435 in the House, according to the latest statistics. The gender gap isn’t just obvious in Congress. In the entertainment industry, women account for roughly 7 percent of directors of the top-grossing films.

“A feminist is described as a person who believes in social, political, and economic equality of the sexes,” Goodman sings, then pauses to humorous effect. “Why is this so confusing?”