Fact: Kathleen Hanna's seal of approval probably won't quiet all the noise about whether Taylor Swift is Likeable/Super-Talented/Super Annoying/Lacks A Sense of Humor/A Feminist Even Though She Says She's Not/A Feminist's Nightmare—or, uh actually, let's just go with "Valid" as an all-encompassing term.
Nevertheless, '90s alt feminist hero Kathleen Hanna, formerly of Le Tigre and Bikini Kill, told the Daily Beast that she likes Tay-Tay. And that's good enough for me.
I'm totally into Taylor Swift. I think she has super-clever lyrics, and I love that she writes her own music. Some of the themes she writes about are stuff I wish was there for me when I was in high school, and I'm so happy she really cares about her female fans. She's not catering to a male audience and is writing music for other girls. I don't care if she calls herself a feminist or not. There is something that she's doing that feels feminist to me in that she really seems to have a lot of control over what her career is doing. She's 23. People say she's dating all these guys. Well, yeah, she's a young person and is dating all these people 'cause that's what you do when you're young. John Mayer can fuck 84 people in one day and nobody calls him a slut. I think that's the subtext of some of the things she's said recently.
On the other hand, Hanna has said that she doesn't particularly care for Ke$ha, Lady Gaga or Katy Perry. Hmm!
'Feminist Punk Rocker Kathleen Hanna Is ‘Totally Into' Taylor Swift' [Taste of Country]