Miss Piggy Pens 'Time' Op-Ed: "Why I Am a Feminist Pig"
"I believe any woman who is willing to struggle, strive — and, if necessary, learn karate — to make their mark in the world is a feminist."
Miss Piggy — as in The Muppets' Miss Piggy — published an op-ed for Time magazine in which she lists all of the ways she is a feminist.
In the piece, which actually was penned by The Muppets Studio, Miss Piggy wrote about being awarded the prestigious Sackler Center First Award by the Brooklyn Museum's Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art.
The award, granted to women who have made outstanding contributions in their fields, previously has honored former Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Toni Morrison and Julie Taymor.
According to the Brooklyn Museum's website, the 2015 Sackler Center First Awards "honors performer, actor, writer and icon Miss Piggy for more than 40 years of blazing feminist trails with determination and humor and for her groundbreaking role inspiring generations the world over."
In her op-ed, Miss Piggy wrote that some "Internet opinion-givers" might question whether she deserves this honor. She responded to these critics by saying, "Moi is now and has always been an ardent feminist and champion of women’s rights."
"I believe that any woman who refuses to accept society’s pre-conceived notions of who or what they can be is a feminist," wrote Miss Piggy. "I believe any woman who is willing to struggle, strive — and, if necessary, learn karate — to make their mark in the world is a feminist. And, yes, I believe that any woman, who cares about her appearance, her star billing and most especially her percentage of the gross, is a feminist."
As for the future of feminism, Miss Piggy said it must be "proud, positive, powerful, perseverant and, wherever possible, alliterative. It must believe in itself, share its triumphs, overcome its setbacks and inspire future generations."
Miss Piggy called herself a "Porcine-American" and discouraged people from associating the word "pig" with male chauvinists. "Let us not besmirch an entire species because of the sins of a few."