March 7, 2014


Lily Allen on Gender Equality: "I Think Women Are the Enemy"

Four years and two children later, Lily Allen has returned to the spotlight. Joining Shortlist Magazine as a guest editor, the pop star made some controversial comments regarding the current state of feminism and people are not happy about it.

When asked about the title of her upcoming album, Sheezus, an obvious play on Kanye West’s Yeezus, the starlet said, “Stop this now. Feminism. I hate that word because it shouldn’t even be a thing anymore. We’re all equal, everyone is equal so why is there even a conversation about feminism? What’s the man version of feminism? There isn’t even a word for it. There’s no reason for it. Menanism. Male-ism. It doesn’t exist.”

This comes as a shock after Allen released her comeback single, "Hard Out Here," an anti-sexism anthem with lines like, “If I told you ‘bout my sex life/ You’d call me a slut/ When boys be talkin’ ‘bout their b-tches/ No one’s makin’ a fuss,” and a NSFW video complete with twerking.

Allen doesn’t see any change in the way women are perceived, and she blames herself: “I don’t think men are the enemy, I think women are the enemy. I know that when I’m sitting in a restaurant and a really beautiful woman walks in, who’s skinny, I instinctively think, 'Oh she’s really skinny and beautiful and I’m really fat and ugly.' It’s more of a competitive thing. It’s weird. It’s just really unhealthy and we’re our own worst enemy. We should stop being so horrible to each other.”