Taylor Swift was just recently named Maxim’s hottest woman, and I was both surprised and pleased when Maxim not only asked Swift about her thoughts on feminism in the (less than one page) interview, but when they printed her full, wonderful reply:

You’ve become more vocal about feminism recently. What changed?

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 about his feelings from a vulnerable place is brave; a woman writing about her feelings from a vulnerable place is oversharing or whining. Misogyny is ingrained in people from the time they are born. So to me, feminism is probably the most important movement that you could embrace, because it’s just basically another word for equality.

I’m really curious what you guys think about what she says - especially when she talks about not understanding feminism or the need for it until she was older. I know many of us - myself included - wouldn’t have considered ourselves feminists in high school or even college. I honestly probably would have been one of those “well I believe in equality but I don’t know that I’m a feminist” type people that I eyeroll SO hard at now.

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But I also don’t know that it is solely an age issue, because many younger women these days do seem to fully understand the need. Possibly it is just more related to not realizing how much push back there is until you active start trying to push yourself forward, which usually doesn’t happen until you are older and an adult. Maybe it also correlates with age because even if you are trying to accomplish something, the first few times you are pushed back you may not realize that it is because of misogyny, and it is only a repeated pattern that shows you there is a problem. Or for many of the women who are content to follow traditional feminine roles, they never do see how much feminism is needed, because they aren’t trying to assert themselves in the same way.

What do you guys think?