It is with great interest that I read this – very long! Info-graphic enabled! Other-graphic enabled! – piece in, I believe, “Autostraddle” (with which, I have to confess, I am not all that familiar) on the feminist and musical offensiveness of Taylor Swift. For example, I really enjoyed this passage:
I mean, she’s pretty clear in “Fifteen” — really the only song where Taylor has an actual female friend — that “Abigail gave everything she had to a boy, who changed his mind, and we both cried.”
I’ll spare you the time of listening to the song and give it to you straight: Abigail had sex with a boy, and later they broke up. That’s right. No marriage. She gave him all she had.
That’s right. All Abigail had was her hymen.
Songs like “Fifteen” dig up the ancient Puritan ideal that girls can only access power by confidently and heterosexually denying access to their pants.
I have but one petty complaint, which is: would it have killed you to throw up a cite? Given the truly Kanye levels of reaction to that one Bitch piece (which was all over! Everywhere! For months and months) where I said basically this thing, exactly, I really do want to receive my fair due for pioneering the public expression of massive feminist and personal irritation with that one little blond girl. Especially now that you can apparently do that without being told you hate kittens, apple pie, and Freedom.
But, you know, it’s entirely possible that this person didn’t read the piece! Scientists have informed me that the world does not actually revolve entirely around me, but rather around the orb we call “The Sun,” although I of course responded by excommunicating every single last one of them. HERETICS! Have they never seen the sun quite visibly rise above the earth each day? But, whatever, the point is, if the author didn’t read my Kanye moment (possible! Likely!) something much stranger has happened: contra every single person who showed up to tell me I was BUCK-WILD CRAZY for being irritated in this way, the very same irritation has been induced by the same stimulus in another human subject! Which, in turn, means, I may have been… what is the word we use for this? It is on the tip of my tongue… ah, yes: RIGHT.
It’s rude and immature to say “I told you so.” So, I will simply say: IN YOUR FACE, EVERYBODY.
Great piece, though. Oh, hey, and the graphics!