Feminism has gotten a lot of airtime among celebrities lately. You’ll hear some pop stars like Beyonce saying they’re feminists, and others like Shailene Woodley saying they aren’t. But whether or not celebs are directly answering “Do you like feminism? Check yes or no,” anyone who has a hand in pop culture still has a chance to send us a message.
Especially the ones who make popular music.
Come along for the ride as I examine Taylor Swift’s progression as a feminist. Why? Because tween girls and teen girls and adult men and women love Taylor. I’m mostly interested in the young women, really, and how they’re introduced to the concept of feminism in their formative years. Because let’s face it, we all take life lessons from the pop culture we absorb in our youth. I may have survived some pretty vapid influences as a teenager in the 90s, but Buffy the Vampire Slayer taught me a lot about the strength of women. I’m sure Taylor fits the role of Sarah Michelle Gellar for thousands of teens today.