Lana Del Rey Isn’t Anti-Feminist, She’d Just Rather Focus On Other Things
Lana Del Rey is a mysterious woman. In an age where artists share everything about their lives with everyone, Del Rey is an outlier. What little we know about her, we’ve either dug up ourselves or guessed at from her lyrics. Although Del Rey has both an Instagram and a Twitter account, they’re merely places to collect beautiful images and promote her music. To Lana Del Rey, the music is everything.
But, because we live in an information age, occasionally she has to talk to the press. Although she doesn’t do so often, when she does, she’s always incredibly candid. Maybe too candid. Last year in an interview for The Fader magazine, Del Rey made a statement about feminism that left many people cold. Now, in V Magazine’s fall “Best of the Best” issue, Del Rey sat down with James Franco, who loves Lana so much he wrote the book on her, to set the record straight.
Towards the end of her now infamous Fader interview, Lana Del Rey was asked to weigh in on the question all journalists can’t seem to resist asking of celebrities these days: feminism. Like the unusual girl she is, Del Rey responded unusually for a pop star saying, “For me, the issue of feminism is just not an interesting concept. I’m more interested in, you know, SpaceX and Tesla, what’s going to happen with our intergalactic possibilities. Whenever people bring up feminism, I’m like, god. I’m just not really that interested.” Although she did add on later that “my idea of a true feminist is a woman who feels free enough to do whatever she wants.”
Unsurprisingly, the media ate her alive for her blunder. Didn’t she know we were living in a post-Beyonce world where all female pop stars are expected to be able to weigh in on the topic of feminism and at least feign interest? She was called naive, she was called anti-feminist, and above all, she was picked apart.
Almost a year later, Lana Del Rey has the following to add to her statement:
“The luxury we have as a younger generation is being able to figure out where we want to go from here, which is why I’ve said things like, ‘I don’t focus on feminism, I focus on the future. It’s not to say that there’s not more to do in that area. I’ve gotten to witness through history the evolution of so many movements and now I’m standing at the forefront of new technological movements. I’m not undermining other issues. But I feel like that’s obvious, like I shouldn’t even have to bring that up.”
She has a point. It’s not a popular one, but that shouldn’t matter. Just because you may agree with Nylon that “it’s naive to think the power balance between men and women has reached some form of tipping point where we can ‘focus on the future’ without ‘bringing up feminism,’” doesn’t mean Del Rey should have to. If she wants to focus on technological advances, we should let her. A woman’s right to choose means a woman’s right to choose.
Read more from Lana Del Rey’s illuminating interview with James Franco (and let your mouth water over a series of intimate Poloroids shot by Steven Klein) when V97 hits newsstands September 10.