Tonight I attended Katy Perry’s “We Can Survive” concert featuring Katy Perry, Ellie Goulding, Sara Bareilles, Tegan and Sara, Kacey Musgraves, and Bonnie McKee at a sold-out Hollywood Bowl. Pictured is the concert poster I bought, illustrated by Yao Xiao.
It was a great night of music where proceeds went toward the Young Survival Coalition, an organization focused on supporting and educating breast cancer in younger women.
While this is an amazing and worthwhile endeavor, I also can’t help but think that tonight showed the level of incredible things that can happen when women are able to not only come together, but are in a place to lead and inspire.
And I am inspired.
I can’t help but think that if we had less headlines related to celebrities in bikinis the world would be a better place.
As a young woman, have you felt it necessary to call attention to the control you’ve taken over things? Or to remind people that you’re both a writer and singer? Absolutely. I think a lot of women in this industry maybe aren’t doing so well for the girls. I’ve read interviews where certain big female stars are like, “I’m not a feminist.” I’m like, That’s not what it’s about. She’s great, but I listened to that Lana Del Rey record and the whole time I was just thinking it’s so unhealthy for young girls to be listening to, you know: “I’m nothing without you.” This sort of shirt-tugging, desperate, don’t leave me stuff. That’s not a good thing for young girls, even young people, to hear.
~ The Fader