By Lanford Beard
Updated August 12, 2011 at 10:39 AM EDT
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At a luncheon for her new documentary Gloria: In Her Own Words, Ms. Steinem had a few for Kim Kardashian and her celebrity sisters, reports the New York Daily News. When asked by luncheon hostess and Newsweek editor Tina Brown whether the Kardashians empower women, Steinem said bluntly, “No. They’re not empowering other women.” See Steinem’s qualification, as well as her thoughts on Lady Gaga and Sarah Palin after the jump.

“But there’s no point in blaming the people who take advantage of the system without changing the system,” Steinem continued in her appraisal of the Kardashians. “Imagine if this were a family of boys. If men were rewarded for the same things, they would be doing it too.”

Steinem also had little fondness for potential presidential candidate Sarah Palin, designating her “a woman only a man can love.”

So who does the founder of Ms. magazine see as a powerful female role model? Look no further than Lady Gaga. “I think she speaks for outsiders and she champions being yourself no matter what,” said Steinem. “It seems positive to me.” And look out, PopWatchers, you might just see Steinem at one of Gaga’s upcoming concerts. The icon said she’d “be happy to go” see Gaga in the flesh.

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