Farrah Abraham on Feminism: "I'm Pretty Feminine"

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Courtesy Vivid Entertainment
Farrah Abraham is the Teen Mom breakout star who went on to star in Vivid Entertainment's best-selling sex tape of all time. As such, she's fodder for a riveting game of hypotheticals. For example: Would you live free and easy if it meant having verifiable sex only twice?

To become a millionaire, Farrah got pregnant at 17 and then filmed a viral video with famed porn actor James Deen at 22. She has parlayed a few hours of "activity" into an almost-schizophrenic business model that includes strip clubs and children's clothing. She's also behind an album called My Teenage Dream Ended, which is considered either a dark piece of outsider art or a pop travesty, depending on the critic.

Vivid, which has also released videos by Kim Kardashian and Anthony Weiner's latest sexting partner, will open a strip club near Miami Springs on September 12. Farrah is the company's ingenue, so it's appropriate that she'll make an appearance that weekend. She spoke with Cultist to promote that event, along with her various enterprises. As it turns out, she doesn't like being called a feminist very much at all.

See also: Vivid Live: A Miami Strip Club From the Folks Who Brought You Weinergate

So you're calling me from an eastern Nebraska area code. Where do you live?
I don't live there, but that's where I do have my phone set. I live in Austin right now. I was actually from there, so I just kept my phone there. I'm from Omaha, Nebraska, and that's where we did the filming of Teen Mom and all that.

Have you ever been to Miami?
I used to live there, so yes. I lived in Aventura.

Now that you've made a million dollars on your sex tape --
Or more.

How do you plan to spend the money?
I plan on being smart, investing, having other products come out, opening up my restaurants and retail stores. You know what? I'm an entrepreneur. Many people know this about me, besides the blogs and gossip or whatever. I've gone to school, and I continue getting my education in accounting auditing, right now in New York. So I'm finishing all this, but I plan doing all this and bars, and maybe gentlemen's clubs. And the mom side of me wants to do a children's clothing store. I like chic fashion myself, and I just wanna share that. So those are the sort of things I'm dabbling in, and building my empire.

So what's the credo of your lifestyle brand? Those things seems pretty disparate.
I just want to bring great prices and better products to the world and be creative all at the same time, and I think that's what I'm good at business-wise. That's Farrah. If you know me, that's me. I'm young, I'm 22, and I'm a single mom. On the flip side, I'm a very good mom. I work very hard. I'm probably one of the best parents you're ever gonna meet. So I learn how to balance this. I feel like if I can't show my true self, and if I can't explore who I am, then it would be lying to myself and I would stunt my growth. So if I feel like opening up a restaurant, opening up a gentlemen's club, opening up a children's clothing store, and doing songs, books, everything that I feel like doing, I'm going to do it. It suits me well. That's who I am.

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Courtesy of Vivid Entertainment

I know you've mentioned opening some restaurants. Where will the flagship location be, and can you give an indication of the concept or menu?
All of the businesses I'm going to start opening will first be in Austin, Texas, where I live. The concept and all that will be talked about in promotion for the opening, so right now it's just a very innovative concept that people are looking forward to seeing.

I've heard you speak about how your sex tape came about, and I don't understand the narrative. Can you expand on it?
Basically, how my sex tape came about is how I live my life. I'm 22, I'm very sexual, I'm single. A boyfriend of mine at the time, which was James [Deen], is in the industry and makes videos all the time, and so I thought it was a comfortable situation to have my only sex video with him. Proved me wrong, obviously, because it was leaking out, and I was starting to have people reach out to me. Maybe he did that because he wanted to promote his film at the time, The Canyons, which was coming out with Lindsay Lohan. So it turned into a hurtful chain of events, so I involved my lawyer. Other companies were reaching out and wanted to buy it, so I ended up selling it. And against all odds of everybody else telling me not to sell it, not to do it or whatever -- it was already out, it was already going to be out there for free. So I made a business deal out of it. I'm smart, and I'm happy that I did that.

Are you guys still together?
Nope, I'm definitely not talking to him or dating him anymore. I'm not really going to say how long or what we've done. This is really not about him.

It sounds pretty shitty that he went behind your back and leaked your personal tape. Do you consider yourself a feminist?
I'm pretty feminine. I think so.

Not feminine -- feminist.
What does that mean, you're a lesbian or something?

No, that's not what I'm asking at all.
What context are you saying it in?

It's a complicated concept, but I guess at its most basic, it means that women are equal to men.
Oh, I definitely feel that women are equal to men. No doubt about that. I mean women should have equal rights to men, every day.


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suemccafferty
suemccafferty

Why so surprised? Young women don't need feminism when it's all about the kerching kerching. Capitalism has done a pretty good job of assimilating and monetising everything, including female sexuality, and when all a girl dreams of is riches beyond compare then, tell me, why does she need feminism?

nanana
nanana

WOW...way too much slut shaming happening in this comments thread. obviously A LOT of people here are just as uneducated on feminism.

m2go3
m2go3

James Deen was on the Adam Carolla podcast and said it was all a merketing ploy by Vivid. It was marketed as a leaked sex tape but it was just anormal porn shoot. He showed up got paid and left.

dsquill
dsquill

wow, a teen mom/porn star is not educated on feminism?  you blew that one wide open...who would've thought?

how about a rebuttal from this james deen character so we can marvel at his stupidity as well...

Laurie Olszewski
Laurie Olszewski

Why is this girl even being interviewed? It makes my stomach turn to see the celebrity that has been placed on the teen mom/drug/dui/porn/bullsh*t culture.

Amanda Lizáno
Amanda Lizáno

Alecia Vasciannie She's too feminist for me anyways.

Zsa Zsa Nogueira
Zsa Zsa Nogueira

Veronica Rellseb, that's what I told you. Ignorant. But that line of thinking is common.

Veronica Rellseb
Veronica Rellseb

Zsa Zsa Nogueira, she's stupid. people like this should maybe spend some of their time learning... sigh

Alex Anico
Alex Anico

i sigh more at the fact that you wasted time interviewing her...

Chris Blythe
Chris Blythe

So wait...the Miami New Times is shocked that this person is fucking moron?

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

Gone are the days you had to be talented to be famous


Being spoiled and stupid and whorish is supposed to be a bad thing, remember? Parents, if you don't teach your children that people like kim kardashian and Farrah Abraham are supposed to be despised, where are they gonna learn it? You have to be the- [feels something in his stomach]  You have to be the ones to make sure your daughters aren't looking up to the wrong people. Only in America can people this stupid be allowed to reach such positions Why do people here in America make this kind of trash rich & infamous ? All she did was go south get pissed on. America has went down the sewer when thats all it takes to be rich & infamous.





Amy Beaver
Amy Beaver

I was embarrased just reading this!

Dan Loevy
Dan Loevy

Say what you want. She has a million (or more) dollars more than I do. she must be doing something right.

Jay Handy
Jay Handy

As someone who has "worked" with her I can confirm that this comment is only the tip of the proverbial iceberg...

Jeannie Zapata
Jeannie Zapata

thats a big word for someone who didn't know how to use birth control.

Kathryn Araya
Kathryn Araya

Why did I read that? I have never heard of this person and then I read this and now I can't get that 5 minutes back. And I only have myself to blame. And the idiot who posted it. And the interviewer. And the dumb ass who raised that piece of trash. And the network who made a show about pieces of trash. And me again. Ugh.

Richard Melton
Richard Melton

Stop calling it a sex tape.. it's a fucking porno

Chris Cvnt
Chris Cvnt

i weep for the youth of the nation

Micaela Stavrinos
Micaela Stavrinos

I agree with Kyle... her fame has come as a result of her making the best of situations, and that s her strong suit. Let s remember she s had far more distraction in her life way earlier on than most of us has had, so she hasn t been able to pursue and explore a more standard education; but at least she s still in school and still trying to better herself. She was misled and just because she made a sex tape and isn t as book smart as other people right now doesn t make that misleading ok.

Kyle Haines
Kyle Haines

Am I the only one that felt like she handled that about as well as she could have and was pretty much tricked into doing an interview about her sex tape that she didnt want to do? The girl is clearly uneducated but thats just awful journalism. Between this and the Uncle Luke editorial about UF being racist MNT is really slacking today. Whats next, see if you can get Sweet Brown to say something ignorant in an interview?

Ciara1
Ciara1 moderator editor

@Kyle Haines We hadn't discussed interview topics with Farrah beforehand, but in my view the sex tape is fair game. She's promoting an appearance as one of Vivid Entertainment's biggest stars -- it would've been difficult to talk to her about that without addressing the tape that got her there. 

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