Taylor Swift Praises Emma Watson’s Feminism Speech

Celebs for #HeForShe
Celebrities voice support for HeForShe campaign.
Now that we have celebrities judging the legitimacy of another celebrity’s view of feminism, here is Taylor Swift’s view on Emma Watson’s recent UN speech about feminism.

While appearing on French Canadian talk show Tout le Monde en Parle, the “Shake It Off” singer threw her support for the Harry Potter actress’ HeForShe campaign. Explaining that she’s had skewed views on what a feminist is in the past, Swift said that she’s glad someone is properly defining the term to the next generations of girls.

“I wish when I was 12 years old, I had been able to watch a video of my favorite actress explaining in such an intellectual, beautiful poignant way the definition of feminism,” she said. “Because I would have understood it and then earlier on in my life I would have proudly claimed that I was a feminist.”

Swift, who previously said that she did not identify as a feminist as feminism was a “guys versus girls” thing, continued, “So many girls out there say ‘I’m not a feminist’ cause they think it means something angry or disgruntled or complaining. They picture like rioting and picketing, it is not that at all, it just simply means that you believe that women and men should have equal rights and opportunities and to say that you’re not a feminist means that you think men should have more rights and opportunities than women.”

“I just think that a lot of girls don’t know the definition and the fact that Emma got up and explained it, I think it’s an incredible thing and I am happy to live in a world where that happened,” she added.

According to the 24-year-old, her feminist awakening made her realize that society shouldn’t focus on women tearing other women down (even if a song off her upcoming record was written just to call out another female artist).

“One thing I do believe as a feminist is that 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 trying to tear each other down. It has to be more about cheering each other on, as women,” she said.

“Honestly, I think that I cheer on anybody who is living their life on their own terms and wearing what they want to wear and representing what they want to represent. I think that no other female artist should be able to tell me to wear less clothes and I’m not gonna tell any other female artist to wear more clothes,” she explained when the interview asked about Miley Cyrus. “As long as it’s their idea, and they’re expressing their sexuality or they’re expressing their strength or it makes them feel like a woman to perform a certain way or dress a certain way. I just think that as long as it’s coming from them and they’re living their life on their own terms, I cheer them on.

Just not when that woman is jeopardizing your tour, right?