"As a teenager, I didn't understand that saying you're a feminist is just saying that you hope women and men will have equal rights and equal opportunities," Swift revealed to the Guardian during a recent interview. "What it seemed to me, the way it was phrased in culture, society, was that you hate men."
But that negative and mistaken stigma changed after the country songstress met Girls creator and funny woman Lena Dunham.
"Becoming friends with Lena — without her preaching to me, but just seeing why she believes what she believes, why she says what she says, why she stands for what she stands for — has made me realize that I've been taking a feminist stance without actually saying so."
And there's mutual respect and appreciation between Swift and Dunham because the Tiny Furniture actress was quick to applaud her BFF via social media.
"She's been my feminist role model for a long time," Dunham tweeted. "And I cannot f***ing wait for her VMA performance."
Dunham then went on to praise Swifty and applaud her for her stance on feminism.
Taylor recognizes that at its core it's not about radicalism or rage, but equality. Her willingness to own the term means much to many...— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) August 24, 2014
The 2014 MTV VMAs performance that stole the show, however, was Beyoncé's. The songstress has been commended for her performance, which fans have said promoted feminism through popular culture.
Beyoncé chose to entertain in front of a giant neon "feminist" sign while on stage for her 15-minute performance. She also used a sample from novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's TED speech titled, "We Should All Be Feminists" during her song "Flawless."
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