If you think Taylor Swift is not a feminist — you're dead wrong

Oct 20, 2014 at 11:55 a.m. ET

Taylor Swift yet again proves that she is amazing. In a recent interview with an Australian radio station, the singer explains why criticism against her music is often sexist.


Taylor Swift has been placed in defence of her own femininity since her very first album was released. It appears that wearing high heels, sparkly dresses and lipstick somehow undermines her values of equality and justifies ruthless dissection of her life — at least from the perspective of her critics. Just like feminism has grown to be synonymous with "man hating," being feminine has evolved to imply a submissive man-worshipping disposition. And that's not sitting right with Ms. Swift.

During an interview with the Australian radio show Jules, Merrick & Sophie, Swift was yet again approached about her songwriting style with particular emphasis on her tendency to document her romantic life in music. The 24-year-old "Shake It Off" singer was quick to brush off the public fixation on her love pursuits and was rightfully unapologetic about gaining fame for writing amazing breakup songs.

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"The most important thing for me is maintaining artistic integrity, which means as a songwriter I still continue to write about my life," Swift stated, shooting down the insistent criticism of her romantic songwriting. "Frankly, I think that's a very sexist angle to take. No one says that about Ed Sheeran. No one says that about Bruno Mars. They're all writing songs about their exes, their current girlfriends, their love life and no one raises a red flag there."

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Too right she is! The media have built Swift to be the industry's sexist scapegoat. She is very feminine and writes delicate lyrics about romance, which critics take to be a ripe platform for condemnation. Swift has as much right to sing songs about love as Lionel Richie or even The Beatles. Just because she is a young woman singing about relationships does not make her any less of a feminist or any less credible as a songwriter, unless critics are willing to dish out the same verdict to all of her male counterparts.

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Swift's latest interview only underlines her strength as a woman in a misogynist industry. The singer writes music predominantly for fellow women, empowering them to be strong and in charge of themselves in relationships or otherwise. Her resistance to bend over backwards for critics is just another merit point in her favour. Swift is actually a wonderful example of a young feminist and she is incredibly smart for pointing out that criticism against her song lyrics is — in many ways — fuelled by sexism. We love her even more for it.

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