Ariana Grande Rallied the Pop-Feminist Sisterhood

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Ariana Grande. Photo: Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images

Ariana Grande is fed up with having to talk about men all the time. Recently, when asked about rumors that she’s dating One Direction’s Niall Horan, Ariana Grande told The Sun, “I’m tired of needing to be linked to a guy, I’m not Big Sean’s ex, I’m not Niall’s new possible girl. I’m Ariana Grande.” She elaborated on her frustration on Twitter yesterday: “What I meant when I said what I said about not being Sean’s ex is that I am tired of living in a world where women are mostly referred to as a man’s past, present, or future PROPERTY/POSSESSION,” she wrote. “I … do not. belong. to anyone. but myself. and neither do you.”

“If a woman is seen with a friend with a penis, there is an immediate assumption of romance or sex and she is labeled!!” Grande continued. “I’m saying this after literally 8 years of feeling like I constantly had to have a boy by my side. And after being on my own now for a few months I am realizing that’s just not the case … I have never felt more present, grounded, and satisfied. I’ve never laughed harder or had more fun or enjoyed my life more.”

Grande concluded with a shout-out to her sisters, via a Gloria Steinem quote. “Any woman who chooses to behave like a full human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her as something of a dirty joke … she will need her sisterhood.” The pop sisterhood heard the rallying cry: