I’ve written a lot about Taylor Swift on this blog (and on Elementary Politics) in the last couple of years. At first it was mostly complimentary as I defended her from angry feminists who despised her and rocked out to her music, but my thoughts of her of late have not been those of a worshipful fan.
I mean as a person in general she’s still very nice. She calls little girls with cancer and sends gifts to her fans with lovely personalized messages and gives to charity, but she’s made some especially stupid comments in the last few years and I have finally reached the point where I can’t ignore them anymore.
I could ignore her sudden decision to be a feminist (because she had clearly bought into the dictionary definition of feminism without realized 3rd wave feminism is anything but that), I accepted it when she pretended that criticism of her music was sexist (even though I pointed out most of the criticism came from feminists), I semi-ignored her decision to be friends with Lena “the mediocre actor with a disturbing sociopathic relationship with her sister that she molested” Dunham, and I even tried to be nice about her short sighted statements about how Emma Watson and Lena Dunham were the best thing to happen to Feminism in, like, ever.
But here’s the thing Taylor. I can no longer live in the hope that you are a “feminist” in the 1st or 2nd wave sense. I can no longer hope that you think that modern feminism still falls under the dictionary definition. You’ve become, as I said on tumblr today, one of those obnoxious modern feminists that decides that everything that they don’t like and everything that inconveniences them is as a “reason we need feminism”.
Here’s what happened.
Here’s what Taylor clearly seems to be missing (and in missing, she’s relegated herself to my pile of “feminists who have watered feminism down so much that it means nothing”..which, to be honest, I should have chucked her there the moment she said that “misogyny is ingrained in people from birth”) is that this headline has nothing to do with misogyny.
She’s a celebrity, OK! Magazine writes about celebrity news, they do their best to tweet out something in 140 characters (less actually, because they need room for the URL) that will make people click the link and go to their website because traffic is how they pay the bills.
If Justin Timberlake had held a baby shower for a friend the headline would most likely have read “Singer @
But it’s not sexist.
It’s shock value.
Every internet news site does it, some with more success than others (and some do it so much that people stop clicking links at all) and they aren’t likely to stop.
But in her misplaced outrage Taylor has managed to accomplish something none of my friends had ever thought was possible.
I can’t ignore the disfunction in this relationship any longer…
She’s no longer my bae.
You will note that my headline on this article is, in itself, clickbait.
A few people have noted that Taylor was also taking offense at the fact that the article describes her as “Calvin Harris’ rumoured girlfriend ” in the article. Again, this is typical reporting. They had already referred to her by name TWICE in the article, once in the actual headline and right at the top of the article.
Typically articles try to refer to people in various different ways so that they don’t repeat the name. In this case they referred to her so that they could link to another article about her that they had previously written.