Taylor Swift and Feminism
By Kara Chyung
I saw several articles on Taylor Swift and feminism on the F-Bomb (which is a great website, by the way), and even though the topic has stopped being discussed on the website, the susbject header still caught my eye. I became even more interested in this discussion when I looked into Taylor Swift’s opinion about feminism. When she was asked about feminism, she said she’d never really thought about it. Despite all of the mixed speculation from feminists and the public about whether Taylor Swift is a feminist, she doesn’t write her songs with feminism in mind, and she doesn’t know much about it. So I decided to look deeper into how she and her music could be unintentionally creating such a stir.
A lot of the people with an opinion about this topic think Taylor sends an anti-feminist message because her music perpetuates “Prince Charming” stereotypes and, because of her pure image and lyrics about falling in love, a slut/virgin dichotomy. Some girls believe that since Taylor’s music puts a huge emphasis on boys and relationships, she is a feminist’s nightmare. I’ll admit this is one of the things I disliked about Taylor Swift; all of her songs are about boys, love, or heartbreak. Sometimes I marvel at how she can come up with so many different love songs, since there’re only so many personal experiences she could have to draw upon at only 22. And admittedly, singing about boyfriends and fairytales seems like the antithesis of feminism, which is why I was surprised to see the words feminism and Taylor Swift in the same sentence.