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Taylor Swift: Criticizing Her For Writing About Exes Is Sexist

“My first album came out when I was 16, so I would write about my life as I saw it, as I felt it. And then what happens is as you get more successful, which you’re lucky if that happens, you have more and more people paying attention to what you’re doing and you’ve been doing it the same way your entire career as a songwriter, but all of a sudden the perspective has changed. They use kind of you writing songs about your life as a way to play detective. And for me, I have a really strict personal policy that I never name names, so anybody saying that a song is about a specific person is purely speculating….The most important thing for me is maintaining artistic integrity which means as a songwriter I still continue to write about my life…you’re going to have people who are gonna say, ‘Oh you know, like she just writes songs about her ex-boyfriends,’ and I think, frankly, that’s just a very sexist angle to take. No one says that about Ed Sheeran. No one says it about Bruno Mars. They’re all writing about their exes, their current girlfriends, their love life and no one raises a red flag there.”

Taylor Swift told Australian radio station 2DayFM how she really feels about all the flack she gets for writing so many songs about ex-boyfriends, and, well, she makes a great point. [Celebuzz] [Image via AKM-GSI]

Jillian Michaels Wishes She’d Been Born Straight

“I’ve been approached about having mutual approval over everything to do a reality show. It’s interesting because we can talk about parenting, relationships, health—all the things that are important to me. But then I think, What if I open up and people attack us just because we’re a gay family? It scares the hell out of me….I don’t know that I am [comfortable talking openly about being gay] now, to be honest with you. The gay thing has always been hard for me. When Heidi and I are out and somebody older asks, ‘Are you sisters?’ I say, ‘We’re friends.’ I guess it comes from thinking that they will be shocked or disturbed. Look, I wish I had some strapping football player husband. It would be such a dream to be ‘normal’ like that, but I’m just not.”

Fitness guru Jillian Michaels came out as bisexual in 2011 and struggles with discrimination just like anyone else. She told Health magazine about the fears that she and her partner Heidi Rhoades face simply for being who they are and their desire to fit in. The couple has two kids together. It’ll be a happy day when her family is considered just as “normal” as any other — or better yet, when society’s obsession with normalcy fades away altogether. Keep reading »

Amy Poehler Opens Up About Her Divorce And Past Drug Use In Upcoming Memoir

“Getting a divorce really sucks. Imagine spreading everything you care about on a blanket and then tossing the whole thing up in the air. The process of divorce is about loading that blanket, throwing it up, watching it all spin, and worrying what stuff will break when it lands.”

Amy Poehler‘s upcoming memoir, Yes Please, is sure to be a total riot, but as this quote from an excerpt published on The Mirror proves, it’ll also contain Amy’s refreshingly candid insights about real life problems, including her own. We’ve seen bits of this more serious side of Amy before, particularly in her Ask Amy advice series on YouTube, so I’m looking forward to seeing that fleshed out on the page, whether she’s writing about her own divorce from ex husband Will Arnett, parenting her two adorable sons, Abel and Archie, her road to success in Hollywood or her experiences with drugs. Speaking of which, here’s what Amy writes about what she learned from taking mushrooms: Keep reading »

Gwyneth Paltrow Really Needs To Chill Out With This “I’m A Working Mom” Stuff

Last night, Gwyneth Paltrow hosted a Democratic National Committee fundraiser at her LA home with a guest list that included President Obama, and announced that the issue of equal pay is “very important to me as a working mother.” Here we go again. (She also told Obama that night that he’s “so handsome I can’t speak properly,” but that’s a whole different kind of facepalm for another day). Paltrow, a mother of two who makes $19 million a year being a movie star and “running” GOOP, sees herself as a martyr for the masses of working moms because she seems to believe that her ultra-comfy lifestyle is a prime example of the typical life of a working mother. While I think it’s a great thing that a Hollywood star is attempting to use their influence to advocate for women (and I think she really does have good intentions), her efforts are completely off base. Again.

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Aziz Ansari’s Analogy For Why He’s A Feminist Is Simple And Perfect

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Aziz Ansari's Analogy For Why He's A Feminist Is Simple And Perfect
"It's so weirdly used in our culture."

“If you look up feminism in the dictionary, it just means that men and women have equal rights. And I feel like everyone here believes men and women have equal rights. But I think the reason people don’t clap is that word is so weirdly used in our culture. … People think feminist means like, ‘some woman is gonna start yelling at them. … If you believe that men and women have equal rights, if someone asks if you’re feminist, you have to say yes because that is how words work. You can’t be like, ‘Oh yeah, I’m a doctor that primarily does diseases of the skin.’ Oh, so you’re a dermatologist? ‘Oh no, that’s way too aggressive of a word! No no not at all not at all.’”

While I don’t think feminism needs to be centered around men, I’m certainly happy to see anyone who understands its basic definition embrace the label, including funny dudes like Aziz Ansari. There are definitely more complex aspects to feminism beyond just “men and women should have equal rights,” and feminists disagree with each other plenty, but Ansari’s analogy (shared on last night’s “Late Show with David Letterman”) for why we shouldn’t be scared to use the word or identify as such is spot on. Welcome to the club, Aziz! [Policy Mic]

Meghan Trainor Wants Us To Stop Overanalyzing Her Song Already

“They say the song is about putting skinny girls down or that girls need guys’ approval, but I just wrote a little three-minute pop song about how I felt about my body. I just write the way I talk, and I write about things I’ve experienced….People are always put off by something that’s fresh and new. When I first heard Rihanna I thought, ‘I’m not feeling this,’ and then I listened to her more and was all about it.”

 Meghan Trainor‘s big hit “All About That Bass” sparked some big conversations about body shaming, the male gaze, and self-acceptance, but Meghan told The Daily Beast that she finds all the backlash somewhat ridiculous. For those of you wondering what she really meant to convey about body types in the song, she makes it pretty clear that she never read into it all that much. So there you have it! Now we can finally stop stressing over it, get on with our lives, and blast “All About That Bass” on repeat whenever we please. [The Daily Beast] [Image via Getty]

 

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