Taylor Swift on Why Girls Should Surround Themselves with “Driven” Women

Having Lena Dunham as your friend surely helps… No longer having to wonder “is she or isn’t she?,” Taylor Swift’s feminist status has finally been confirmed. In an interview for the latest edition of Time magazine, cover girl Swift urges her fellow sisters to surround themselves with “women who are killing it.” Talking about body image and the dangers of constantly comparing young girls to each other, Swift says:

“If we continue to show young girls that they are being compared to other girls, we’re doing ourselves a huge disservice as a society. I surround myself with smart, beautiful, passionate, driven, ambitious women. Other women who are killing it should motivate you, thrill you, challenge you and inspire you rather than threaten you and make you feel like you’re immediately being compared to them.”

She continues: “If we talk about feminism enough, maybe we’ll start to actually see it make a difference in the way young girls perceive themselves and each other.”

When asked whether it annoys her when people question if she writes her own songs, Swift again cites feminism:

“We all know it’s a feminist issue. My friend Ed [Sheeran], no one questions whether he writes everything. In the beginning, I liked to think that we were all on the same playing field. And then it became pretty obvious to me that when you have people sort of questioning the validity of a female songwriter, or making it seem like it’s somehow unacceptable to write songs about your real emotions—that it somehow makes you irrational and overemotional—seeing that over the years changed my view. It’s a little discouraging that females have to work so much harder to prove that they do their own things. I see Nicki Minaj and Iggy Azalea having to prove that they write their own raps or their own lyrics, and it makes me sad, because they shouldn’t have to justify it.”

This is a far cry from her 2012 interview with The Daily Beast in which she answered to the question of whether she was a feminist: “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.” We’re glad you are joining the gender equality debate, Taylor.

Title image source: Sarah Barlow via Billboard


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