Taylor Swift, feminist icon? Before you raise your eyebrows, the singer opens up in a new interview about why she believes this has always been her M.O.
Even if she doesn't overtly say so or ardently push feminism, she credits Girls' Lena Dunham for opening her eyes in this regard. Allow her to explain:
"As a teenager, I didn't understand that saying you're a feminist is just saying that you hope women and men will have equal rights and equal opportunities," Swift says.
"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."
Now, she says, having clearly not met Farrah Abraham, "they understand what the word means." Taylor says she is not anti-men and neither is feminist ideology.
"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," she tells The Guardian.
What (and who) changed her perspective and understanding?
"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."
That, more than anything, says the 24-year-old songbird, "has made me realize that I've been taking a feminist stance without actually saying so."
While you aren't likely to envision Taylor Swift when you hear the word "feminist," her songs have moved away from being all about boys in recent years.
Taylor has also been hanging out with friends Karlie Kloss, Lena Dunham and Lorde, and has been a single lady for as long as we can ever recall.
Even when Taylor Swift was at her peak Taylor Swift-ness, her songs showed that she wasn't afraid to speak out against men and wouldn't let one define her.
Good for her for being able to "Shake It Off" when it comes to guys mistreating her, and preconceived ideas of what it means to be a feminist, we say.