To a lot of celebrities, "Feminism" is still a dirty word, steeped in stigma and man-hating stereotypes. It's the reason that a lot of otherwise progressive, pro-equality women like Katy Perry, Shailene Woodley and yes, even Meghan Trainor have taken vocal stances along the lines of "I wouldn't say I'm a feminist, but I believe in [DESCRIBES FEMINISM]"
But, as always, when it comes to righting the wrong end of the stick, we seem to be able to put our faith in one Taylor Swift. Appearing in Maxim this month as #1 of their annual "Hot 100" (go Tay!), they took the opportunity to talk to her about the 1989 Tour, her "best year ever", and her recent feminist awakening.
"Honestly, I didn’t have an accurate definition of feminism when I was younger," Taylor admits. "I didn’t quite see all the ways that feminism is vital to growing up in the world we live in. I think that when I used to say, “Oh, feminism’s not really on my radar,” it was because when I was just seen as a kid, I wasn’t as threatening."
Throughout her career, Taylor has had more than her fair share of mockery thrown her way for openly writing about her relationships; but it's being made clear that she is done with the double standard inflicted on her. "A man writing about his feelings from a vulnerable place is brave; a woman writing about her feelings from a vulnerable place is oversharing or whining."
"Misogyny is ingrained in people from the time they are born. So to me, feminism is probably the most important movement that you could embrace, because it’s just basically another word for equality."
And that's how you tell 'em. OTHER FAMOUS LADIES, TAKE NOTE.
As we've seen from the awesomeness that was the "Bad Blood" music video this week, Taylor has no shortage of celebrity female friends; so hopefully we'll see the stance that she and many other celebrities are taking on feminism start to spread.