A Spice Girl who's not a feminist? Thank God for Little Mix
"I wouldn't call myself a feminist," Mel B said last week and millions of Spice Girl fans questioned everything they've ever believed in.
However the TV talent show judge (she's just been confirmed as returning for the 10th series of America's Got Talent) then went on to say: "I try to live by the girl power motto. It's about believing in yourself, no matter how bad a day you're having, and lending your support to other women. It's empowering to have that camaraderie with other women.”
Um, isn't that a perfectly acceptable definition of feminism? Is Mel B actually a feminist but simply scared of using the word — like so many other women? What is it about this particular f-word that's so daunting?
Sure feminism may mean slightly different things to different people. But could we clear this up once and for all? Feminism means women having rights equal to men. And that's pretty much it. You don't need to be a man-hater, a crazy bra-burning person or a lesbian to be a feminist. (Although any of the above can be a feminist too.) Even — shock, horror — men can be feminists.
Luckily we do have some pop stars who are loud and proud feminists. They may not have used the term in their recent interview with Wonderland but we're pretty sure Little Mix wouldn't shy away from any such association.
Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards and Jesy Nelson were eager to give their views on the row over equal pay for women in the film industry.
"I just don't understand it. Why should we be paid less because we have boobs and a vajayjay?" said Perrie.
"Girl power is what we're about," added Leigh-Anne. "It's what we stand for as a group."
"We want to do everything we can to make women feel better about themselves." said Jesy. "We've had mums come up to us and literally thank us for making the music that we do, saying that since listening to Little Mix their daughters have been happier and more confident in themselves. If a girl is being bullied, or heartbroken, or just feeling like utter s**te, if our music can make them feel better, then we're doing our jobs right."
Little Mix this makes you feminists — and that's nothing to be ashamed of.