Charlotte Church: 'Women who say they are not feminist annoy me.'
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Feminism has been increasingly under the media spotlight over the last few months, with everything from the No More Page 3 campaign to Miley Cyrus’s questionable decisions catching the public’s attention. The number of feminist groups established at universities nationwide has increased considerably over the past year, with Durham, Westminster, Liverpool, Gloucestershire, Central Lancashire and Kings College London all forming societies dedicated to the equality cause. In light of recent public feeling Charlotte Church, who throughout her career has learnt a thing or two about the inherent sexism that is at work in this country, is hitting out at those who still choose not to support feminism. In her impassioned John Peel Lecture at the National Radio Festival on Monday, in which she addressed the issue of women and their representation in music and the media, she berated the “demeaning,” “hyper-sexualised” images of women produced by these industries. Speaking exclusively after the lecture to Olivia Le Poidevin, the singer explained the importance of feminism. “Women who say they are not a feminist annoy me,” says Church. “I don’t really understand why every woman wouldn’t consider themselves as a feminist. Because it’s not a radical thing, you know, this isn’t ‘revolution.’ It’s just to say, yes I’m a woman, I’m entirely aware that I can do everything that a man can do. And I’m proud of that, and I’m proud to be able to tell you about other women who are amazing and do phenomenal things.” The Welsh singer also voiced her belief that female maturity has become synonymous with an increasingly sexualized image. According to Church, late-teen stars turned ‘sex-bots’, such as Miley Cyrus, dangerously influence young women through their appearances in glamorised celebrity magazines, which are often aimed at a young audience.
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