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Taylor Swift Shares Her Feelings About Feminism

    August 23, 2014
    Ellisha Rader Mannering
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Taylor Swift has been accused of being a feminist since the early days of her career, but has often denied it.

Many people thought that her music was a reflection of her feelings on the topic, but Swift said that she didn’t really consider herself a feminist, but did believe in equal rights for women and men.

In 2012 Swift spoke about the topic during an interview. When asked if she thought of herself as a feminist she said,

“I don’t really think about things as guys versus girls. I never have. I was raised by parents who brought me up to think if you work as hard as guys, you can go far in life.”

She recently talked about the subject again and said that she feels like the term feminist often gets a negative rap and that people think it means something that it doesn’t.

“As a teenager, I didn’t understand that saying you’re a feminist is just saying that you hope women and men will have equal rights and equal opportunities,” Swift said in an interview. “What it seemed to me, the way it was phrased in culture, society, was that you hate men. And now, I think a lot of girls have had a feminist awakening because they understand what the word means. For so long it’s been made to seem like something where you’d picket against the opposite sex, whereas it’s not about that at all.”

She also said that her friendship with actress, director and known feminist, Lena Dunham, helped her come to this realization.

Swift’s fans come in all genders, ages, shapes and sizes and she is always courteous and friendly to all of them. While it seems like Swift is very much in favor of empowering women and equal rights, she also wants to make it known that she is not against men in any way nor does she feel there should be any competition between the genders.

What do you think of Taylor’s feelings about feminism?

  • avalon

    “Taylor Swift has been accused of being a feminist since the early days of her career”? What are you talking about? I have read dozens and dozens of pieces calling her out for saying she isn’t. I read what Taylor said in the original article in the guardian today. This is a very poorly written article that really leaves out half of what she said including how she learned about modern opinions on Feminism and who changed her opinion. GO READ THE ORIGINAL IN THE GARDIAN.

    • Helen59

      Taylor never said she wasn’t a feminist.. She side stepped the label in an interview, simply saying that her parents told her (I think I’m paraphrasing correctly) that if she worked as hard as a guy, you’d get as far. You have to remember she was under attack for many years by the more strident, politicized faction of feminists who used comments like “blue eyed blond haired darling of a patriarchal society” and stuff. Taking on the label for many public women almost guaranteed nonstop scrutiny. Look up what Beyonce said when she was first asked. Understandably, she stumbled.
      Using the “old fashioned” inclusive, non jargon laden, straight up “I’m a feminist” is good. Public figures shouldn’t have to worry about what they say, or be scrutinized by fembot police. And the “old fashioned” inclusive kind is much more welcoming to women, young and old. I think Swift has been what we’d call feminist for a very long time, just minus the label. But good for speaking out, it’s good for many fans.

      • avalon

        I was trying to say this is a poorly written and disjointed explanation of what Taylor said in the wonderful article in the Guardian (except for the lie about texting Kanye & Kim)….@Helen59 Im sure you’ve already seen it , considering your very lengthy response to what I said. I have read a lot of lengthy pieces chastising Taylor for not saying “IM A FEMINIST”! This piece didn’t do justice to her amazing explanation in the original Guardian interview of how her opinion and view of feminism has evolved. And how her friendship with Lena has helped her. It was one of the best interviews, she covered how she has changed including talking about her song “better then revenge” . Feminist have slammed her for shaming another woman. Taylor gave an excellent response, basically saying I was 17 and I’ve grown since then, and its obvious she is a brilliant woman growing up in a harsh spotlight.

  • Paul

    using the dictionary definition for feminism is like saying communism is all about workers rights

  • Hobert Collins

    Taylor has grew more and more due to her ideas and looks and her trend-sitting…