Must Read: Ariana Grande Just Wrote A Badass Essay On Why We Need Feminism

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Like Taylor Swift, singer Ariana Grande is sick of getting questions from reporters about boyfriends, potential boyfriends, and boys she is hanging out with.

After a UK newspaper asked her about a rumored romance with One Direction member Niall Horan she responded: “A girl can be friends with someone with a d**k and not hop on it. I’m tired of needing to be linked to a guy, I’m not Big Sean’s ex, I’m not Niall’s new possible girl. I’m Ariana Grande.”

Yes girl!

Think what you want about the pop diva who was accused of being “too sexual” by Bette Midler, as well as ‘The Big Bang Theory’s’ Mayim Bialik, but she’s not just a pretty face and a stellar voice.

By the way, she responded to Bette’s rant in the classiest way possible, prompting Ms. Midler to basically bow down and apologize.

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Anyway, now that Ariana has broken up with her ex Big Sean, she is speaking out against the blatant sexism that women in music (and generally in the world) face on a daily basis. We gotta say, we are digging this feminist awakening and hope she continues to speak out!

Here is her rant which was posted on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. We typed it out as it can be a little hard to read on social media.

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Being “empowered” is not the same as being a “bitch”

HAVING SOMETHING TO SAY is not the same as HAVING A BAD ATTITUDE.

What I meant when I said what I said about not being Sean’s ex is that I am tired of living in a world where women are mostly referred to as a man’s past, present, or future PROPERTY/POSSESSION.

I do not belong to anyone but myself, and neither do you.

I have clearly not been having the boy questions in interviews lately because I am come to the realization that I have SO MUCH MORE to talk about. I’m currently making the best music I’ve ever made in my life, having the best time of my life on tour with some of the greatest people I’ve ever known, working my ass off every single day, performing/creating for my babes and getting the chance to meet and hug my babes all over the world every day.

I come from a long bloodline of female activists. My aunt Judy was the first American Italian female president of the National Press Club in Washington D.C. I think she would’ve been proud of me for speaking up about something that has been bothering me personally for so long.

Gloria Steinem published an article in 1969 titled “After Black Power, Women’s Liberation”

And 46 years later we’re still not quite there yet!

If a woman has a lot of sex (or any sex for that matter) she’s a “slut”.

If a man has sex, HE’S A STUD, A BOSS, A KING.

If a woman even TALKS about sex openly, she is shamed.

But if a man talks or RAPS freely about all the women (or more commonly used “bitches”/”hoes”…how lovely) he’s had, he is regaled.

If a woman is seen with a friend with a penis, there is an immediate assumption of romance or sex and she is labeled!

If a man is seen with a woman his status is elevated/celebrated. “AWWW SHIT HE SMASHED IT!!!”

I know y’all already know this but the double standards and misogyny are still ever present.

I can’t wait to live in a world where people are not valued by who they’re dating/married to/attached to/having sex with (or not)/seen with…but by their value as an individual.

I want the people reading this to know they are MORE THAN enough on their own.

I want the media to please help me with this! Please support each other.

I’m saying this after 8 years of literally feeling like I constantly had to have a boy by my side. After being on my own now for a few months I’m realizing that that’s just not the case. I have never felt more present, grounded, and satisfied. I’ve never laughed harder or had more fun or enjoyed my life more.

She ended her essay with a quote from the incomparable Gloria Steinem:

“Any woman who chooses to behave like a full human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her as something of a dirty joke. She will need her sisterhood.”

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Seriously, we NEED more female celebrities speaking up boldly like this! We have no doubt Ariana’s millions of fans worldwide will be impacted by her words. And we as a media platform stand by her call to arms to help her in this mission to promote sisterhood.

It is a wake-up call to our culture that although we experience many freedoms as women, we cannot afford to ignore the blatant misogyny that still exists. Bravo to this badass babe for showing the world why we still need feminism today.

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