Taylor Swift

I don’t really like Taylor Swift, and it isn’t really all her fault.  I think she’s pretty and has a mainstream pretty kind of voice.  But, she’s really just the product of her producers,her agent, and her song writers who are working together to sell a specific image to her consumers.

I’ve picked three songs she sings that highlight why I don’t like her.  The first is Better Than Revenge.   A couple of gems from this song are.

“The story starts when it was hot and it was summer
And, I had it all; I had him right there where I wanted him
She came along, got him alone, and let’s hear the applause
She took him faster than you could say sabotage”

“She underestimated just who she was stealing from”

“Soon she’s gonna find
Stealing other people’s toys on the playground
Won’t make you many friends”
Boys(or girls) aren’t possessions. We don’t own them.  They make a conscious choice to be with them, romantically or otherwise, or they choose not to be with them.  They aren’t stolen because the otherwise attached person can always say no thanks and apparently chooses not to.
The next song I’d like to talk about is Fifteen.  There is really only one line in this song that irks me.
“Back then I swore I was gonna marry him someday
But I realized some bigger dreams of mine
And Abigail gave everything she had
To a boy who changed his mind
And we both cried”
This thinly veiled reference to Abigail’s sexual debut really makes me go twitchy.  It just reinforces stereotypes around virginity and (mostly womens) sexuality that really do no good.  You are so much more than who you sleep with.  Your virginity is not everything you have.  It’s actually a really small part of you.
The last song is something she’s been critqued for a fuckton in recentish history, but I still wanna talk about it.  Picture to Burn.
“State the obvious, I didn’t get my perfect fantasy
I realize you love yourself more than you could ever love me
So go and tell your friends that I’m obsessive and crazy
That’s fine I’ll tell mine that you’re gay”
This pretty much speaks for itself.  Either he’s actually gay and Taylor is threatening to out him, which is douchebaggey, or he’s calling him gay because being gay is one of the worst insults you can call a man, outside of being called a girl, that is.

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