Not too many of us need a reminder that even in the year of our lord 2018, people who do not understand what feminism means still exist. If you’re a person who is unsure of how this could be or whether or not this report is fake news, look no further than the criticisms flooding the comments section of Lauren Jauregui’s latest Playboy shoot.
The former Fifth Harmony member recently did a profile for Playboy and talked about achieving authenticity as an artist.
In an extensive interview with Playboy, Jauregui talked about her start as a singer with Fifth Harmony, her life after the group’s decision to go on hiatus, and her social and political outlook. She covered a whole lot of ground and opened up about issues that are important to her as a singer and activist. She also talked about her desire to encourage her fans to believe in their influence and ability to effectively cause change on social issues. “It’s so crazy how little people know about what they can do, about their rights, what they’re putting into their bodies and everything that’s going on globally,” Jauregui explained at one point. “I believe that art is the core of what starts revolutions.”
While the interview did touch on the singer’s sexual identity as a bisexual woman, it spent little time focusing on her sensuality when it came to editorial coverage. Instead, Playboy left the reflection of her sex appeal to a series of photos that took the route of being less showy.
For the most part, the singer’s fans were supportive and welcoming of Jauregui’s profile with Playboy.
— ?Rita Loves Lauren Ally Mani & Dinah? (@WriteOnMe7) March 26, 2018
Likely because they support and understand the singer’s right to choose what she wants to do with her body.
But it didn’t take long for the ignorance of the internet to rear its ugly head. Of course.
for someone who calls herself a feminist … yikes
— baddierita (@beyhydrated) March 26, 2018
Some users on Twitter and commenters on Jauregui’s Instagram account couldn’t seem to help but expose their extremely flawed understanding of what being a feminist means.
Quite a few people were confused about how the singer could be a feminist and be on Playboy.
@LaurenJauregui please don't go any futher on your recent photos with Playboy Magazine. Damn, mami! You are still beautiful and can still be beautiful without showing your skin that much.
— I'M NOT FAMOUS BUT I MAKE SENSE (@dadadilig) March 26, 2018
Of course, there’s no doubting that the American magazine has a history and current presence that hits various divots in terms of moral check. When the magazine first hit stands in 1953, sexism and misogyny were present on nearly every one of its pages. Month in and month out Playboy published a magazine that shipped the notion that women only exist to please men. It was also managed by Hugh Hefner, a man who has multiple claims of assault and abuse stacked against him. Over the years, however, the brand behind the glossy has made steps to pivot its subject and approach to coverage in a different direction. Its male gaze is still there in many ways, but now, the women who mark up the magazine’s centerfolds talk about more than just their bodies and sexuality. They talk about politics, their careers, their social viewpoints. Just like Lauren Jauregui in her Playboy feature.
Still, not too many could understand how the self-proclaimed feminist could stand for women and pose for Playboy at the same time.
lauren jauregui claims being a woke lgbt feminist latina YET she does a photoshoot for playboy. the Irony™
— nerea (@karlasfrary) March 26, 2018
The funny thing is there isn’t really any irony in Jauregui’s decision to do the shoot. She has ownership of her desire and sexuality and can choose to display and project that in any way she chooses. Her understanding of that is just one of the many components that make her a feminist who has also posed for Playboy.
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