Taylor Swift is clearly not pleased with the publicity she has been getting which I wouldn’t blame her for because her life is so public and many people don’t find her very charming. She is a polarizing kind of person, kind of like Anne Hathaway.
Taylor told Vanity Fair, “For a female to write about her feelings, and then be portrayed as some clingy, insane, desperate girlfriend in need of making you marry her and have kids with her, I think that’s taking something that potentially should be celebrated—a woman writing about her feelings in a confessional way—that’s taking it and turning it and twisting it into something that is frankly a little sexist.” She is right.
I think she has more autonomy and agency in the music she creates than most pop stars (and that’s fantastic). Personally, I believe her public persona is perceived as off-putting because she so often characterizes herself as a victim (a victim of bad boyfriends, bad press, women who don’t support her, blah blah, etc.). Although, I am glad that she is cracking her branded good girl image and standing up for herself in a more aggressive way. Nevertheless, she did say something I find hypocritical about Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who cracked one joke about how she should get on Michael J. Fox’s son because he is single.
According to VF, “In response to an incident at this year’s Golden Globes, where Amy Poehler and Tina Fey mocked her highly scrutinized love life. ‘You know, Katie Couric is one of my favorite people because she said to me she had heard a quote that she loved, that said, ‘There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.’”
I find this hypocritical because Taylor Swift has had some pretty slut-shaming song lyrics, on the song “Better Than Revenge” she sings the lyrics, “She’s an actress, Whoa/She’s better known for the things she does on the mattress, Whoa.” The same has been said of Taylor Swift’s personal life, so how can she pass such judgments on another girl (rumored to be actress Camille Belle)?
Sometimes when things offend you, you’re the one with the problem. If someone calls you “gay” and you’re insulted, clearly you think there’s something wrong with being gay. Tina and Amy joked about Taylor dating Michael J. Fox’s son because it appears she dates a lot of men. There is nothing wrong with a girl who dates a lot of men or one who has sex with a lot of men, the same way there is nothing wrong with a woman who doesn’t do those things. Tina and Amy didn’t call her a slut, floozy or whore. They were joking about what appears to be a truth about her: she has a lot of boyfriends and there’s nothing wrong with that. Now is there, Taylor? Although, I think T-Swift is correct about some of the sexism in her media coverage, I am not sure that she does a lot to combat the negative ways we speak about women.
• Here’s a great NY Mag interview with Issa Rae the creator and star of “Awkward Black Girl.”
• After all the racist, homophobic and sexist vandalism at Oberlin they are having a “Day of Solidarity.”
• Carly Rae Jepsen does something super awesome. She boycotted her appearance at the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree because they are anti-same-sex-marriage.
As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer…—
Carly Rae Jepsen (@carlyraejepsen) March 05, 2013
• You have to check out the rockstars of American Sign Language. These people have got sweet moves.