Since when does believing in equal rights make one a feminist? “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,” Swift told The Guardian. The Grammy Award winner goes on to praise her friend, Dunham, as her feminist role model.
Ms. Swift made her career in country music and is now transitioning to the pop genre. Her success has come due to her clever song writing and ability to entertain. It is interesting, however, that she doesn’t cite Loretta Lynn, Barbara Mandrell, Reba McIntyre, or Dolly Parton then, for singing about the pill, domestic abuse, and equality for women and leading the way as the first women to receive “equal” treatment at the Grand Ole Opry. Why did she refer to a 28 year old actress who wasn’t even born when legislation was required to give women an equal footing in colleges and the workplace as her “mentor”? What about pop stars like the late Whitney Houston or some of the first groups of black women who forged a path proving female entertainers could be just as successful as men?
Taylor’s choice of “role model” is strange indeed given recent admissions by Dunham that she sexually assaulted her little sister. Why would Swift want to associate herself with such a liberal “shock jock” or sorts? Far better examples of feminist role models would be Former Secretaries of State Rice and Clinton.
The fact is Taylor is 24 and has no idea what feminism is or what it actually means. One reader of the Us Weekly article about this matter states, “Lena Dunham is where she is today, as am I, and all women today, thanks in large part to feminists of a bygone era.” It’s true. From the time women were first given the right to vote in this country, there have always been activists who have blazed a path for the women who followed. Unfortunately, the independence and equality they sought has been hijacked at times by the pro-abortion movement and those who militantly hate men as referenced by Swift.
Today it seems there are huge proponents of protecting women’s rights, but who is defining feminism? One glance at Dunham’s show on HBO called “Girls” and it is obvious that her form of feminism has less to do with professional equality and more to do with girls having the same rights to indiscretions and multiple sexual partners as do men. That’s not feminism. That’s just gross. Women throwing themselves around and not requiring a commitment from another human being before they share their bodies with them is not independence. That’s more akin to prostitution without the wages. Equal opportunities for women in education, employment, land ownership, and politics was the original intent of feminism. The opportunity to be equally indecent and foul, that’s just stupidity. Perhaps their 30’s will bring clarity and understanding to both Swift and Dunham.
H/T: Us Weekly