“There are a lot of positive changes in the music industry, and I see those with myself and my entire team, which is mostly women,” Goulding, 27, says in the new issue of PEOPLE. “The music industry is a very male-oriented industry [and] always has been since I’ve been around.”
One of the “Something in the Way You Move” singer’s biggest frustrations: the double-standard placed on women.
“It annoys me that guys can easily write about one-night stands, but if a girl writes about one? God, that’s terrible, you know?” says Goulding, who hits the road for her next world tour in January.
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And the British star – who will perform on the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, airing Dec. 8 at 10 p.m. ET – is proud to call herself the F-word.
“I call myself a feminist because it’s a word for someone who believes in equality. And yes, that’s something I absolutely believe in,” she says.