Quotables: Watching Taylor Swift Grow Up is, Like, the Best

8/26/2014 6:00 AM PDT, by Sarah Taylor
"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. 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. ... 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. ... 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 - has made me realize that I've been taking a feminist stance without actually saying so." 

--Taylor Swift on feminism, and how she's grown and evolved over the years, and yes -- we have noticed. 

Here's a list of 5 reasons why Taylor Swift is a burgeoning feminist icon ... do try to see it through to the end before screaming "No!" and running away, OK?

  • Her songs have progressively moved away from being all about silly boys, and have focused on platonic relationships -- or no relationships at all -- instead
  • She's been spending a whole lot of time with other modern "feminists" like Lena Dunham and Lorde
  • Taylor's pretty much been single for ... well, a whole while now, and it was her former relationships that used to serve as gossip -- and musical -- fodder
  • She's gradually begun to give less of a crap about what others think of her, but especially men 
  • Her music, when it was all about ex-boyfriends, did have a feminist slant to it, because she wasn't afraid to speak out against how they'd treated her
It's all happening, guys, and we're so glad to be witness to this young 24-year-old young woman coming into her own -- on her own. 

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