Ariana Grande went on a feminist rampage during the weekend, observing that some people, mainly the media, were more focused on her love life than her music career. This prompted the singer to post an empowering essay on social media about female rights and double standards.
Taking to Twitter on Sunday, the pop singer shared a manifesto, proclaiming, “I… do not. belong. to anyone. but myself. and neither do you,” states Vanity Fair. Grande also wrote: "Being ‘empowered'… is not the same as being a ‘b----'... 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.”
The singer’s frustration stemmed from a British tabloid story where she’s quoted as saying she’s neither Big Sean’s ex nor Niall Horan’s girl. The Mirror reported how Grande told the Sun on Sunday that a woman can be friends “with something with a d--- and not hop on it.” This was in response to rumors of her and Niall Horan being more than friends, when she was spotted leaving Horan’s house last week after partying with the One Direction hunk.
Grande further said: "I'm tired of needing to be linked to a guy. I'm not Big Sean's ex, I'm not Niall's possible girl. I'm Ariana Grande. If that's not enough, then don't talk to me! I'm on this feminist rampage at the moment. I'm me. I'm Ariana. Peace out."
There are also many righteous points that Grande mentioned on Twitter, mostly about the double standard that puts women in a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” role. E!News reports that Grande’s point of view may sound familiar to Christina Aguilera fans, who've been by her side since her raunchy “Stripped” days. Aguilera’s song “Can’t Hold Us Down” echoes the same double standard message, with lyrics like: "The guy gets all the glory the more he can score/ While the girl can do the same and yet you call her a w----/ I don't understand why it's okay/ The guy can get away with it & the girl gets named."
Grande ended her manifesto quoting renowed feminist 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."