Monday, August 25, 2014

Let me explain how a 26-year-old can love Taylor Swift

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Because this seems to be a confusing point for people who really hate when other people like pop music. The thing is, I know Taylor Swift isn't perfect and sometimes the lyrics in her older songs completely conflict with my feminist ideals, but there are plenty of reasons why non-tweens are into her.

Here are some of them.

1. Her songs are catchy as fuck. Don't tell me you never, ever listen to music just for fun.

2. The constant shit she gets for singing almost exclusively about her relationships is odd and, in lots of case, rooted in nothing but sexism. Don't most singers sing about their relationships most of the time? If you don't like the way she sings about her relationships, then say that, but don't act like she's the only artist ever to almost exclusively sing about what's happening in her love life. To suggest that means she's obsessed with boys to the exclusion of everything else is some bullshit.

3. Her Instagram is a constant parade of her friendships with other women. Should that make you like her music more? I guess not. But it makes me like her more.

4. I don't feel like holding everything she's ever said that I've disagreed with against her for the rest of her life. It's a little too exhausting.

5. She's growing up and even, apparently, calling herself the 'f' word.

6. Her songs are more mature than critics would have you believe. For some reason, she's routinely criticized for pushing this "pure" image thing, when she's never (to my knowledge) made any comments about the importance of remaining a virgin. Which isn't to say some of her lyrics haven't been slut-shamey, but if you actually listened to any of her songs on Red or, even, Speak Now, she consistently references pretty standard 20-something relationships, sex and all.

7. I can't get behind the criticism against her lyrics in "Fifteen." The entire fucking song is about realizing who you are at 15 and what's important at 15 doesn't define your life and who you'll grow up to be--so you know what, no, I can't work up the outrage over the suggestion that a 15-year-old girl might regret losing her virginity to a guy who doesn't give a shit about her. To suggest that Taylor's slut-shaming her best friend disregards the entire point of the damn song.

8. #Basicbitches love other #basicbitches. Someone said this in the comments of an article about Taylor Swift, but I guess it's pretty sound.

9. This song gets me every damn time.



10. Did I mention I can't hate on her for her past stupid, sexist lyrics for the rest of her life? Ya'll, I don't like the message behind "Better Than Revenge" any more than the next person, but it's not going to convince me she's a shit person who should be forever reviled. The words of a teenager should probably be taken with a grain of salt, you know?

11. I'm not going to criticize her for seeming too perfect. Yeah, she's got a brand and she's obsessive about maintaining it, but I can't hate on her because there are no photos of her being a drunken mess or whatever it is that would humanize her to you. If she doesn't want pictures of herself out there with her head in a toilet, then as the owner of her own image, that's her right. I don't think it actually means she never, ever parties or is critical of people who do.

12. She befriended the last person who criticized her for being too perfect, which means she can't be total asshole.

13. She also has distaste for Justin Bieber. And isn't that the most important reason of all?

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So, that's where I stand. Now it's up to you to determine if anything I've said has validity or if I'm just a rabid Taylor Swift fangirl. Which, you know what? Fangirls unite. What do we even call ourselves? Swifties? Tay's bitches? I'm dying to know.


17 comments:

  1. Omg that last GIF has so much win. HAHA

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  2. I've been a Taylor fan for a lot of years. I kind of feel like we grew up "together", if that makes sense (I'm also 26). Which made many her lyrics relate more to me as they were coming out. I really like the direction her last two albums have gone. And I totally agree that the GIF of her walking past Bieber is fantastic, and a total reason, if nothing else, to love her. :)

    Brittny
    www.awrittenjourney.com

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  3. I didn't always like her. She seemed annoying in the beginning. But now she is growing up to be a very talented young woman. I was wrong all along. And her song Shake It Off is the BEST I have ever heard from her. I smiled during her whole performance. She is really cute. And I think it's really cool that her and Lorde are best friends!

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  4. What about Swift-ites? Wait, that sounds like a cult...which, ok, whatever. We both know that I would be a screaming, crying until my gel eyeliner runs down my face kind of woman if I ever got to meet her in person. Would yelling "YOU GET MY SOUL!" be too much?

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  5. I will always love her, even when her VMA performances are a little pitchy. And that song gets me every damn time, too.

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  6. That's what I thought too. I don't seek out her music, but when I hear it, I usually like it. It's ridiculously catchy.

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  7. Isn't it great? God, and I thought my friends have dated some awful people.

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  8. I really like the direction her last two albums have gone too. Especially Red. It's fun to see her embrace pop more than country, so I'm excited for her new album. No shame being a Taylor fangirl!

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  9. I think it's cute that her and Lorde are friends too! I mean obviously I don't know how it happened, but I think it's cool that she wasn't snotty about Lorde's criticism that she's "too pretty" all the time (or whatever she said). I think I finally became a fangirl around the time of Speak Now. All the songs seemed to speak to a relationship I had with this one guy.

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  10. It wouldn't be ENOUGH. Swift-ites isn't bad. I can dig it. God, when can we just go fangirl at a concert?

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  11. Doesn't it? Every time it comes on in the car, that's it I have to listen to it. And you know, I've reconciled that her voice isn't as strong as her songwriting skills, but that's okay. I still love her.

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  12. sometimes when All Too Well ends, I play it again, I feel zero regrets about it. it's just so cathartic to shout "you call me up again just to break me like a promise | so casually cruel in the name of being honest" at the steering wheel or shower head? who DOESN'T have an ex like that?

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  13. I do love Taylor, she's a great singer and songwriter, and like you said you can't judge her on the songs she was writing at 16,17,18 or even 19. Also she hates bieber, nuff said.

    Emma x
    Writing Essays With Wine

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  14. T-Swift and I are besties in my head canon.

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  15. THAT LINE IS THE BEST. God, I love listening to that song in the car. Just when it starts with, "Maybe we got lost in translation, maybe I asked for too much.." and from there. So much yes.

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  16. Haha, hating Bieber is all you really need to know.

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  17. She must have so many besties. Obviously, I'm one of them too.

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