For some reason or another, feminism is being misunderstood. Luckily for musician Taylor Swift, she has Girls star, writer and creator Lena Dunham to enlighten her. Let us first explain — recently there’s been buzz about celebrity women, and the misinformed ideas that they’re projecting onto the youth about feminism.
Recently in an interview with Time magazine, actress Shailene Woodley, 22, was asked if she’s a feminist. The actress gave a mind-boggling response proving that she doesn’t understand what feminism actually is by saying, “No, I love men […] and I think the idea of ‘raise women to power, take the men away from the power’ is never going to work out because you need balance.”
This kind of ideology has lead to the harmful depiction of feminism on various platforms.
Feminism is not a movement that encourages women to dominate men in society. In fact, it is established to ensure that both sexes are equal in all facets of life. For instance — making the pay wage equal for both sexes. It doesn’t celebrate the female triumphs over men either.
For Taylor Swift, she credits Lena Dunham as her mentor in shepherding her into what feminism really means. In an interview with The Guardian, she opens up about how she misunderstood the definition, and what she believes it means now.
“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.”
This is where Dunham comes in.
“Becoming friends with Lena — 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 realise that I’ve been taking a feminist stance without actually saying so.”
Obviously, Lena Dunham saw this interview and congratulated Swift on summing up feminism in a way that makes us all proud.
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) August 24, 2014
Taylor recognizes that at its core it’s not about radicalism or rage, but equality. Her willingness to own the term means much to many… — Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) August 24, 2014
Shailene Woodley — you should take notice.
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