Web Crush Wednesdays: FeministTaylorSwift

jr9fangirls1111I don’t know about you guys, but I am not a fan of Taylor Swift. I don’t like her music because it always focuses on the most vapid, clichéd high school problems. Seriously, until very recently I actually thought Taylor Swift was only like eighteen and had just graduated from high school. But most of all, I don’t like the messages that Taylor Swift sends with her music. Many of her songs seem to support ideals of submissive, male-dominated women, but my biggest problem is her songs that describe how anything stereotypically feminine is bad.

For example:

She wears high heels,
I wear sneakers.
She’s cheer captain,
And I’m on the bleachers.

Anytime I hear this song I just want to send Taylor Swift a gold star and congratulate her on not being stereotypically feminine. Good for you, Taylor Swift! What a special and unique little snowflake you are!

To be clear I don’t think there is anything wrong if you are a girl and not stereotypically feminine. All girls/women are different and that’s fine. What I have a problem with is Taylor Swift’s proclaiming that she is so much better than this other girl because she herself isn’t feminine. Yikes!

tumblr_molf8dW4xz1qzpo8yo1_400Taylor Swift is someone young girls look up to, so it worries me to hear lyrics like this or to read about how Taylor Swift avoids calling herself a feminist (in fact she seems to view feminism as the opposite of wanting equality).

So I was more than a little happy to see that some viewed Taylor Swift as just as problematic as I do. An anonymous Twitter handle going by FeministTaylorSwift began rewriting Taylor Swift’s own lyrics to put a more feminist spin on them.

Here are some of my favorites:



tumblr_moeitfQGd51qbelt3o1_500Accounts like FeministTaylorSwift are important because it helps us look at the major problems in our media. As Dodai Stewart, a writer for Jezebel, said of Taylor Swift:

Some may argue that Taylor Swift is a role model, a class-act in the drugged-up, sexed-up music industry. But do we need another photogenic cisgendered carefree white girl singing heteronormative songs about mooning over boys? (source)

I love FeministTaylorSwift, but every time I read a new tweet all I do is wish for songs that actually reflected these feminist themes. Until then, if you aren’t following FeministTalorSwift, you should be.