In a new interview with Maxim, Taylor Swift has expanded on her thoughts on feminism, suggesting that misogyny is something ingrained from birth: “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”.
She went on to add, “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“.
In another interview with The Guardian, the pop singer also confronted the mis-use of feminism: “…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”.