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The “Girls Rule” blockbuster sensation Barbie has raked in over $1.4 billion. While celebrities praised the satirical take on the patriarchy, one celeb was less than impressed.

Fierce music icon Shakira wasn’t just unamused by the Barbie movie. Her sons, aged 11 and 9, hated the movie.

Shakira’s analysis of the film’s message is indicative of her signature wild style. It’s been 20 years since Shakira’s hit song “Hips Don’t Lie” was released.

It appears both her hips and her mouth are still dropping truth bombs.

Hated it

In an interview with Allure magazine, Shakira was asked if she had seen Barbie and her thoughts on the hit movie. Without holding back, she said:

“My sons absolutely hated it. They felt that it was emasculating. And I agree, to a certain extent.”

For those who have yet to watch the film, the story follows the world of Barbieland, where women are at the center, and men merely hang at the beach. After being exposed to the “real world,” Ken attempts to bring some male dominance to Barbieland, only to be thwarted thanks to a monologue on how hard it is for women in the real world by actress America Ferrera.

Shakira went on to blast the film, stating:

“I like pop culture when it attempts to empower women without robbing men of their possibility to be men, to also protect and provide.”

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Alluding to the fact that women can both be feminine and strong, a theme she’s always espoused in her style and music, Shakira said:

“I believe in giving women all the tools and the trust that we can do it all without losing our essence, without losing our femininity.”

But what does Shakira think her two boys should aspire to?

Be a man

It takes a real woman to know what it means to be a real man. Shakira breaks it down:

“I think that men have a purpose in society and women have another purpose as well. We complement each other, and that complement should not be lost.”

As a strong woman who has blazed her own path in the music industry by raising two boys, her priorities are clear:

“I want ’em to feel powerful too while respecting women.”

Two things can exist together, and strong men who respect women are no exception. In this interview, Shakira dares to claim that being a feminist doesn’t mean sacrificing what makes us feminine.

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The author of the interview explains:

“This is part of the Shakira paradox. Women deserve all the power, all the agency, and all the sexiness they wish to embody or express. And yet it doesn’t betray her brand of feminism to expect men to man up.”

What does it say about the current state of feminism that such a simple concept is considered a paradox?

A real feminist

Shakira spoke to the hearts of many millennial women like myself. Ones who’ve been brainwashed into thinking we must do it all to be successful. Shakira notes:

“Just because a woman can do it all doesn’t mean she should. Why not share the load with people who deserve to carry it, who have a duty to carry it as well.”

Wait, does Shakira insinuate that men have roles aligned with their masculinity that they should be not just allowed but encouraged to take part in? What a refreshing take on the relationship between men and women.

That’s not to say that Shakira is letting any man or woman tell her how to behave. She punctuates the interview with this golden nugget:

“No one tells me how to cry or when to cry, not one tells me how to raise my children, no one tells me how I become a better version of myself. I decide that.”

Now, that’s a kind of feminism that I can even get behind!

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