The Internet has long wondered: Is T-Swift a feminist?
And now, finally, the age-old debate can be put to bed. Yes, the “BFF to planet Earth,” as Taylor Swift was described by friend Tavi Gevinson, is of the feminist persuasion.
In an interview with The Guardian published Friday, Taylor Swift discussed her recent come to Wollstonecraft moment. She says her awakening was due, in part, to her friendship with Lena Dunham, who is known for being an outspoken feminist on social media.
Taylor Swift told The Guardian:
“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. 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. Becoming friends with Lena – without her preaching to me, but just seeing why she believes what she believes, why she says what she says, why she stands for what she stands for – has made me realize that I’ve been taking afeminist stance without actually saying so.”
Taylor Swift has previously skirted around labeling herself a feminist, but now we know that’s probably because she wasn’t so clear on what it really means to be a feminist.
When asked by The Daily Beast’s Ramin Setoodeh in 2012 if she considers herself a feminist, Taylor Swift, then 22, replied: “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.”
Her past attempts to distance herself from that designation upset writers like The Frisky’s Jessica Wakeman, who wrote of Taylor Swift in 2012: “[S]he’s 22 now and has been exposed to a lot in these past few years. I do not expect that Taylor Swift would have the politics of Kathleen Hanna, India.Arie, Ani DiFranco or even Alanis Morrissette. But I do wish she could correctly identify what a feminist is — even if she does not want to identify as one.”
Taylor Swift’s avoidance of feminism even inspired the popular parody Twitter account@FeministTaylorSwift.
Now it seems Taylor Swift has grown up and gotten a proper schooling in feminism along the way.
Taylor Swift, welcome to the club.