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Taylor Swift - The Voice of Her Generation? (by elliottsavedmylife)
I think many things of Taylor Swift.
I think she uses the misogyny rampant in our culture to her advantage and she does it very well. A permanently virginal girl-child all in white who writes songs about ever lasting heterosexual love, confirmed in matrimony, and the nasty, nasty b*tches who try to ruin that dream for her (either by dating the boy she wants to date or by ‘tempting’ the boy she is currently dating), she is the epitome of Culturally Acceptable sex-is-what-BAD-girls-do-and-I-am-a-GOOD-girl pop fluff.
Taylor swift is neither sexual nor sexualised- she is the girl you’re supposed to be proud to bring home to Mum; pretty, sweet, and above all ‘innocent’.
Taylor Swift is the embodiment of the virginity myth. She is ‘pure’ because she’s virginal.
Is this a bad thing? On an individual level; not really. It’s not bad to be any of the things that Taylor Swift is. But the thing that she’s selling is that she is awesome because she is pure, innocent, virginal, and that any woman who is not those things is a bad, nasty, evil temptress.
It bases a woman’s worth entirely on her perceived ’purity’.
Much in the same way that Gaga’s acceptability is rooted in society’s bigotry against bisexual people [IE: we as a culture pretend that Gaga is straight until we want her to titillate us], it’s society’s prejudices that make Taylor Swift’s anthems of internalised misogyny so incredibly acceptable, and- more importantly- sellable.
I have heard “Sparks Fly,” the official and unofficial version. I honestly cannot believe I forgot the song. I feel rather ridiculous now. I would have put “Sparks Fly” under the “not a feminist nightmare,” because in the song she is owning her sexuality! She is not playing into the “virgin/whore” dichotomy in the song. She is not shaming anyone for being sexual, but owning those feelings. She is not trying to be the “good” girl or shaming others for being the “bad” girl. She is just owning the pleasure she gets for being with her partner. The line “you find I’m even better than you imagined I would be,” implies she is her own person and not the person people assumed she would be. She is enjoying herself and her partner. I wish more of her songs were like “Sparks Fly.”
I hope Lisa doesn’t mind my partially answering this, but the problem isn’t in what she does in her personal life. This is not an attack on Taylor Swift: The Person, because we don’t know her. You don’t know her, either. However, we do know Taylor Swift: The Madonna. Taylor Swift: The Madonna tells the little girls who look up to her that boys are perfect and girls are not. Taylor Swift: The Madonna tells girls that a large part of their worth is in (read: female) virginity. There is nothing wrong with being “sweet” or writing about about love and boys, but that isn’t why Swift is a “feminist nightmare.”
also…”good girl”? What is that supposed to mean? No, really, I’d like you to answer that without slutshaming.
I don’t mind you answering the question. I just want to ad my .02 cents, even though I completely agree with you. I’ll respond to Fifteen and her music since I am probably the only person on this blog who actively listens to it. I’m currently listening to “Tell Me Why.” The problem with Fifteen is that it implies Abigail did have sex and it shamed her (and any girl like her) for having sex. The song, indirectly since she doesn’t come out and say “Abigail is a slut,” slut-shames girls who aren’t “good girls.” The video implies Abigail did have sex and that it was the biggest mistake of her life. It implies girls cannot have sex as teenagers without regretting that and that alienates teenagers who have sex. Instead of being open about sexuality, she is telling girls to just not have sex. Which is problematic. We also live in a culture that does not support teen mothers and just vilifies them as sluts, like you not so eloquently did anon.
Anon, neither of us know Taylor. We know her public persona but we aren’t friends with her. I’ve met Lea Michelle from Glee and thought she was a big sweetheart. She could be a horrid person in real life, I’m not friends with her. You met Taylor for as long as I’ve met Lea. We don’t know either women. While I have no doubt in my mind she loves her fans, that doesn’t mean she is the sweetest person in the world. We do not personally know her. While I do believe she appreciates her fans a million times more than Lady Gaga does, that does not make her a saint. She has written songs for her fans, done 13+ hour meet & greets, hangs out with some of them after shows, etc. She truly does seem like a sweet person but she clearly has a mean streak, think “Better than Revenge.” Don’t blow sun-shine up her ass, she doesn’t deserve it. Taylor Swift is a brilliant woman.
I also never said she was a feminist worst nightmare. I gave reasons for why she is not a feminist nightmare and why she is. It is up to the readers of the blog to decide if they think she is. I personally think she has her moments where she is not a feminist nightmare and moments when she is. I am a huge fan of Taylor Swift and have been for years. I’ve been a fan prior to her self-titled going platinum. I have the utmost respect for her and to an extent do look up to her. She is only a year older than me and living her dream. There are many reasons why girls should look up to her, some of her lyrics are not one of them.
Okay, so my .02 cents turned into like 20 bucks, but I can talk about Taylor Swift.
That is a good point. I honestly didn’t think about that. Even though some of the songs are beyond crap (“Better than Revenge” for example), she is being open and honest about her feelings. She has stated many times the songs are cathartic for her and a way for her to process her emotions. So yes, she is not completely a feminist nightmare. There are qualities to her that are feminist in nature. -Lisa
[description: Photo of Taylor Swift playing guitar. Taylor is a white blond girl. Her hair is pinned up in a braid and she is wearing a red, blue, and white plaid shirt. She is playing a wood acoustic guitar and singing into a microphone]
Before I critique Taylor, I want to state I am actually a fan of her. Liz (goodbyemidnight) will forever make fun of me for that. My one professor wont let me live it down. I will have many posts about Taylor and her music.
Fairy tales, princesses, girl-on-girl hate, crushes, boys, butchering Shakespeare, heart break, first love, body image, high school, and cheating ex’s. We all know who Taylor is. She is your stereotypical “American Girl” (blond hair, thin, chaste, etc) but is making millions of dollars.
Reasons why she is not a feminist nightmare:
So that is all I’ve got for why she isn’t a feminist nightmare.
Why she is a feminist nightmare:
She’s not a saint and she’s not what you thinkWhile I think Joe Jonas is a horrid singer and have many problems with the JoBro’s, it is not okay to view men (or anybody) as a toy. That is dehumanizing and degrading. I don’t remember who “stole Joe” from Taylor, ‘cause I frankly don’t care, but implying that she is a dirty slut is not cool. Slut-shaming is never okay and shaming women for their sexuality is problematic. It is upholding the notion that women are only worth something if they are virginal. I will probably do a whole post on this song and how the media viewed Taylor/Joe’s break up. So I’ll go more into this song and the other songs about Joe in a different post.
She’s an actress, Whoa
She’s better known for the things that she does
On the mattress, Whoa
Soon she’s gonna find
Stealing other people’s toys on the playground
Won’t make you many friends
She should keep in mind,
She should keep in mind
There is nothing I do better than revenge, Ha
There is more I can (and will) say about Taylor Swift but I’ll save it for another post. Each bullet point as to why she is a feminist nightmare can easily turn into their own post.