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?