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Feminist Elizabethan: Know Your Feminist Celebrity: Taylor Swift
“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.”
Clearly, Swift didn’t have an accurate understanding of feminism nor could most of her work at the time be considered feminist. For example, in just her music video for “You Belong With Me” alone, there was girl bashing, slut-shaming and a Madonna/Whore complex (a sexual double standard).
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A couple of years later, in 2014, when Swift was asked about feminism she changed her tune and told Maxim (oh, the sweet irony):
“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...
(the rest can be found at feministelizabethan.com)
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I really love this. One thing I really admire about her is that she's learning. She's made mistakes, sure. Remember the twitter drama between her and Nicki Minaj? But despite her fame she's incredibly humble, she's made sincere apologies and genuine changes. She's not perfect, but no one is. @LizArnone @TessStevens did you see this yet? I know you're both swifties
@shannonl5 I love this card (and her Obvi) so thanks for the taggggg!! I totally agree that she is learning, a lot of people argue that she is a white feminist, aka a feminist who ignores the fight that women of color have in equality however I feel like she is constantly growing as a person and as a feminist so while she may stumble (the Twitter war) she is slowly getting it which makes her even more of a roll mode