Taylor Swift Talks Feminism in Maxim, of All Places

Somehow, the Irony Just Works

The June/July issue of Maxim is out, and it’s all about their Hot List. And guess who is No. 1? Taylor Swift.

But that’s not even the most revealing part.

In this, the racy men’s magazine, Swift turns the conversation to feminism and its role in her life and her music.

“A man writing about his feelings from a vulnerable place is brave,” Swift said. “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.”

Maybe it’s that inequality that makes it so hard for girl singers to make it on country radio. Maybe Swift is onto something. What if country singers sharing stories all came across as brave, regardless of gender? That would be a country station I’d listen to all day long.

Swift goes on to say that, to her, “Feminism is probably the most important movement that you could embrace, because it’s just basically another word for equality.”

And she adds that she didn’t always understand feminism, and it wasn’t vital to her while growing up.

“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,” she said. “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.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.