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“So many girls out there say, ‘I’m not a feminist’, because they think it means something angry, or disgruntled, or complaining, or they picture rioting and picketing. It is not that at all. It simply means you think women and men should have equal rights and opportunities.” – Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift is named not feminist enough for the left and too feminist for the right. This is exactly why she is the true feminist we need. Modern feminism has put a bad taste in a lot of people’s mouths, when the definition of feminism is exactly as Miss Swift described above.
Taylor has been apolitical much of her career. In fact, so much so that she has been extremely scrutinized for it. What many don’t understand that it is not what a person’s political ideologies are that define them, but it’s their actions that do. Taylor Swift has continuously proved what kind of person she is throughout her thirteen year career with both her actions and her words. Here are five examples why Taylor Swift represents true feminism.
The symbolic $1
In summer of 2017, Miss. Swift countersued David Mueller, an ex- Colorado DJ, for only one dollar. Mueller was suing Swift, accusing her of being the reason why he lost his DJ job. Swift counter sued for one dollar, claiming that he had sexually assaulted her during a radio show meet and greet while promoting her fourth album, RED. By the end of the trial, the jury sided with Taylor and she won the case. The one dollar has now become symbolic to the Swiftie fandom and has become a staple item to concert costumes for Swift’s reputation Stadium Tour. This trial was also in the wake of the #MeToo movement. After the court case, Taylor made a statement explaining that she would be making generous donations to sexual assault and survivor organizations. Taylor was one of the first to donate to Time’s Up, an organization that gathers donations for women to hire legal help after being sexually assaulted or harassed. In fact, Taylor has been no stranger to supporting survivors of sexual assault. She donated $250,000 to Kesha during her trial a few years ago, helping pay for her legal bills when all of her accounts were frozen.
Taylor’s way with words
Months before Taylor Swift went on hiatus after her Kim/Kanye feud, Taylor got up on stage after winning a Grammy and gave a powerful speech to young women. Swift stated,
“I want to say to all the young women out there: there are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments and your fame. But if you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you’re going and you’ll look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you that put you there.”
The speech was then turned into a powerful commercial which encourages young girls to pursue their musical dreams.
Her love and support for everyone
Feminism is about supporting everyone equally no matter their gender, identity, or background. Taylor supports many artists, activists, and blue collar workers from every end of the spectrum. The artist has always seen herself as an ally to the LGBTQ+ community and supports her fans, friends, and family who are LGBTQ+. Just recently she invited Hayley Kiyoko on stage to perform at one of her stadium shows, an openly queer woman who has a smaller platform. Many people, fans or not, voiced their opinions stating how important that was to the community because she gave a queer woman of color a voice that was not being heard all that clearly before.
In June, she dedicated her song “Delicate” to her LGBTQ+ fans for Pride month. She sang “Invisible” a song from her debut album, at a recent show because a fan told her that the song helped him come out. Taylor has chosen two incredible women, Camila Cabello and Charlie XCX, to open for her “reputation Stadium Tour” to promote empowered women, empowering women.
Taylor has also had an impressive track record of supporting our men and women in uniform, which is a taboo thing to do these days in the world of Hollywood elites. She donated tickets and sent her love to Weymouth Police Department after the death of one of their Sergeants. After the tragic Route 91 shooting, she sent flowers to Las Vegas PD after their officers had been injured during the incident. In May of 2018, Taylor sent a beautiful arrangement of flowers and message to a fallen officers memorial and his family. Being a feminist is not picking and choosing who you support when it is convenient. It means supporting all who deserve the support and Taylor does just that.
Zero tolerance for sexism
Ever since the age 0f fifteen, Taylor has had to endure a massive amount of double standards, slut-shaming, and sexism. She has said many times that it is not fair for women artists to write a song about an ex and be slut- shamed for it, but if a male artists like Bruno Mars or Ed Sheeran writes about their ex then they are hailed as heroes and intellectual artists. Taylor has become more and more vocal about the double-standards in the music industry, even gaining support and encouragement from other women around her.