Singer-songwriter-fashion-icon-girlcrush extraordinaire Taylor Swift is EVERYWHERE these days. She’s fresh into an adorable romance with DJ Calvin Harris (we approve!), has a brand new set of Billboard Music Awards, and this month topped Maxim’s Hot 100 list. But it’s her comments to Maxim in an interview this month that has us slow clapping. Here’s Swift talking feminism and how she’s come into her own as a successful businesswoman:
Maxim asks: “You’ve become more vocal about feminism recently. What changed?”
Honestly, I didn’t have an accurate definition of feminism when I was younger. 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. I didn’t see myself being held back until I was a woman. Or the double standards in headlines, the double standards in the way stories are told, the double standards in the way things are perceived. 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 Taylor Swift is basically another word for AMAZING.
Taylor, you are brave. And just for fun, we’re rocking our to Bad Blood in your honor.