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Why Critics Shouldn't Be So Quick to Shame Katy Perry

Critics of Perry's disavowal of the "feminist" label missed a crucial opportunity.

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If you want people with different views to join you, you need to be empathetic, to take the time to understand their past and see their potential. Dividing people is the same tactic patriarchy uses to make men superior to women. We should embrace and reach out to women like Perry, not shame them for being victimized and taking longer to come around. 

Kristen Gwynne is an associate editor and drug policy reporter at AlterNet.  Follow her on Twitter: @KristenGwynne

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