Hello! Elly here!
As this fortnight’s theme is ‘Celebrity Feminists’ I felt like I just had to do a post on Taylor Swift, as I love her music and agree with a lot of the things she says.
She also has cats, which is amazing!! I think it is important for someone like her, an easily-recognisable celebrity, to stand for what she believes and often encourage others to do the same!
With a quick Google search of ‘Taylor Swift feminism’ you will see that hundreds of articles come up. Many of these articles are about the fact that Taylor has said things about the true meaning of feminism being obscured. Another thing she talks about is double standards, for example women being seen as arrogant when men are seen as strong for doing the same things.
“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,”
She said in a fairly recent interview. In the same interview, she also stated that:
“Misogyny is ingrained in people from the time they are born.”
which, sadly, is often true. I think that we often don’t realise these things, as phrases such as ‘like a girl’ are commonly heard being used by young children in an insulting way. (Here’s a good video on the phrase ‘like a girl’, which you may want to take the time to watch at some point :)) But what is bad about being female?
Double standards are often seen in the media as well. For example, men are asked about their career on the red carpet, whilst women are often asked about their relationships and outfits, not so much their career. While I get that people often want to know about celebrity fashion and relationships, surely men can also be asked these questions, and surely women can be asked about their career, can’t they?
Another thing about Taylor Swift is that she backs Emma Watson and her He For She movement, which is about the belief that anyone can be a feminist, no matter what gender they are!
Like many people, Taylor Swift has admitted to having misunderstood feminism when she was younger. She, like so many others, used to think that feminism was about man-hating, but now realises that it is not. She is quite active in sharing her views about feminism and what it’s not, and I urge you to help by also sharing the fact that feminism and man-hating are not the same!
Let me know in the comments what you think about these issues! I’d love to know!
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