WaPo commits a major Rule 15 violation:
Taylor Swift is not a feminist. But Clara Beyer is, and she loves Taylor Swift’s music and sometimes she wishes Swift would change her twangy tune and be a little more progressive.
On June 11, the Alexandria native, a rising senior at Brown University, tweeted: “Idea for a single purpose twitter: feminist Taylor Swift.”
Ten minutes later, Beyer’s friend and classmate Kevin Carty called her to make sure she followed through. So Beyer created a logo — a picture of Swift’s face photoshopped onto Rosie the Riveter’s head. (Conveniently, both female icons have the same red head scarf in their wardrobe.) She wrote a bio that played off the one on Taylor Swift’s official Twitter page: “Happy. Free. Confused. Oppressed by the patriarchy. At the same time.”
Swift, now 23, has become something of a polarizing figure as she shifts from teen country phenom to world-famous pop star. There’s the pro-Swift camp, made up primarily of young girls and the parents who are relieved their daughters have selected such a “good role model” to idolize: a talented woman whose face is far more likely to be seen in one of her many advertisements for Target or CoverGirl than in a mug shot.
On the other side are those who find some unsettling themes in Swift’s songs and question whether she’s such a great role model after all — whether she’s someone who perpetuates the belief that there’s only one way to be a “good girl”: to be passive and “pure,” to wait patiently in the tower for a prince instead of being her own hero.
Swift has done her best to kept her distance from all things feminist. In October, when asked by the Daily Beast whether she considers herself a feminist, Swift replied, “I don’t really think about things as guys versus girls.”
Beyer, sounding a bit exasperated, said to this, “I think not seeing things as boys versus girls is feminist.”
“There was definitely a time when I wouldn’t have considered myself a feminist,” Beyer adds. “But I’ve totally changed my mind on that. I’ll identify as a feminist any day.”
Somebody is unclear on the concept of feminism. It’s not all hairy-legged man-hating. They don’t seem very familiar with the details of Taylor Swift’s life and career either.
She writes her own songs. She manages her own business affairs. She’s wealthy, famous and keeps her clothes on. She’s never been arrested or in rehab. She is literally a self-made woman in an industry dominated by men.
This WaPo commenter said it best:
4:19 AM PST
With all the obnoxious, misogynistic rap lyrics out there, just ripe for the picking, this faux feminist picks Taylor Swift to parody and hold up to ridicule. Really? This is not what I burned my bra for so many years ago, this generation’s “feminists” have turned “I am woman, hear me roar” into “I am woman, hear me whine”.