I’m the first to admit that I didn’t properly call myself a feminist until a couple of years ago. I still clearly remember the day I had my feminist awakening; I was on the internet (as all of us Gen-Y’s seemingly are) and I came across a TED Talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie called “Why we should all be feminists” – a talk which has been hugely popularised due the inclusion in BEYONCÉ’s ‘Flawless‘.
Prior to this, I had been too wary to outwardly say I was a feminist simply because I was confused of the definition and the only example of feminism I had seen were the extremists online. Watching this video changed something within me *cue defying grayity intro*. I realised that to be a feminist, you simply believed that both sexes should be equal and have equal rights and opportunities – something I had grown up believing. This was the whole reason behind starting this blog in the first place, to reach out to young people and educate them in what it actually means to be a feminist, so the next generation can carry this ideal through to adulthood.
Where I’m going with this is that Taylor Swift has experienced the same thing as I did (omg we’re obvs the same person!) but she has only recently outwardly stated that she is a feminist. In 2012 when The Daily Beast asked if she considered herself a feminist, she 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.”
OMG NO TAYLOR.
Feminism has never been girls vs. guys. It has always been about women receiving the same rights as men.
Luckily, this year Taylor met Lena Dunham. The pair instantly became BFF’s and Lena taught Taylor and thing or two about the ‘F’ word.
The the thing happened. TAYLOR CAME OUT AS A FEMINIST.
“What it seemed to me, the way it was phrased in culture, society, was that you hate men,” she told The Guardian.
“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 [Dunham] – 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 realise that I’ve been taking a feminist stance without actually saying so.”
The importance of Taylor ‘labelling’ herself as a feminist is the influence she has over so many young people. If they see her calling herself a feminist and learning what the word actually means then they will hopefully be compelled to do the same.
While you’re here, check out Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s empowering TED Talk below.
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