Don't be alarmed. I'm not talking about that f-word. I'm talking about the other one: feminism. What is feminism? Being a feminist quite simply means you believe in the equality of the sexes. However, a lot of people still associate feminism with the bra-burning man-hating agenda it’s been saddled with for years. But that’s simply not correct. It merely means you believe that both men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. It’s the right for both genders to receive equal pay. It’s the right to have a career in whatever the heck you choose, be it medicine, teaching, singing or even porn, if that’s your passion! Feminism is for everyone. It doesn’t mean you’re a radical hippie, for crying out loud. If you believe in equality for both genders, you’re a feminist, period. And that’s nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, we-both men and women- should be darn proud to call ourselves feminists. So why does it feel like the word has become a curse word? It still feels taboo. There are so many people who scoff or flinch at the word and it’s because they believe it to be something that it’s not. It doesn’t help that so many of our culture’s celebrities, who have such a large public platform to speak from, cower and shun the word. “I’m not a feminist but I do believe in the strength of women,” Katy Perry said last year as she was, ironically enough, accepting her Billboard Woman of the Year award. Huh? Come on, Katy, you're turning yourself into a walking contradiction. This is the same woman who sings girl empowerment songs like “Roar” and “Firework." “All About That Bass” songstress Meghan Trainor is walking on the same confused path as Perry when she recently declared, “I’m not a feminist but I’m down for my first opportunity to say something to the world to be so meaningful. If you asked me, ‘What do you want to say?’ It would be, ‘Love yourself more.’” Meghan, the reason you’re able to make a living singing about “all that bass” that you have is because of others, dare I say feminists, who have fought for your right to do so. There are many other celebrities who have said similar things on the subject and you have to wonder why no one on their management team will give them a freaking clue. There are some famous folks who are getting it right though. Emma Watson nailed it on the head this year when she spoke at the United Nations on behalf of the HeForShe campaign, and gave a refreshing and powerful speech on gender equality: http://youtu.be/p-iFl4qhBsE?t=38s “It is time that we all see gender as a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideals,” Watson said. I, for one, am all about that.