Ms. Swift was heavily criticized by feminists in 2012 when she stated that the word "feminist" was "too strong" a word to describe her. In the last three years, however, her opinions have changed.
Today, Ms. Swift believes that feminism is “probably the most important" thing that women can get involved with. According to the young star, inequality is difficult to overcome because “misogyny is ingrained in people from the time they are born."
She continued, “So to me, feminism is probably the most important movement that you could embrace, because it’s just basically another word for equality."
Ms. Swift also said that women face a harsh double-standard, explaining, “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.”
In 2012, she believed that if girls "work as hard as guys, you can go far in life.” She apparently no longer believes that, saying, “I didn’t have an accurate definition of feminism when I was younger."
Ms. Swift added, "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.”