Taylor Swift: 'To have gender equality, we have to stop being interested in girls tearing each other down'
'Shake It Off' beauty Taylor Swift has revealed that until people stop showing an interest in tension between female celebrities, there will always be gender inequality in the entertainment and music industries.
During an interview with Canadian talk show Tout Le Monde En Parle, the superstar opened up about the fact that as a woman in the entertainment industry your body is used as a commodity and as something to have your success measured by:
"Females are kind of pinned up against each other. For example, you’ll never see online 'Vote for who has the better butt: this actor or this actor.' It’s always this female singer or this female singer. It's every day [for me].... In order for us to have gender equality, we have to stop making it a girl fight, and we have to stop being so interested in seeing girls try and tear each other down. It has to be more about cheering each other on as women."
She went onto talk about what it means to describe yourself as a feminist and admitted that there should be more education on it because some people seem to think it means that you're against men:
"I would have understood it and earlier on in my life would have proudly claimed that I was a feminist, because I would have understood what the word means. So many girls out there say, 'I'm not a feminist,' because they think it means something angry, or disgruntled, or complaining, or they picture rioting and picketing. It is not that at all. It simply means you believe women and men should have equal rights and opportunities."
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