…if the SwiftSecrets Tumblr is any guide.
- Has Taylor had a boob job?
- Is Taylor’s new hair good or should she go back to the curls?
- Does Taylor look good in shorts or does she need to start wearing sundresses again?
- What is the best “era” of Taylor?
- Who do you ship her with?
- Should she date Ed Sheeran?
- Can a true Swiftie ever be critical of Taylor?
- Can she find the “old self” she lost according to the lyrics of “All Too Well”?
Things I have discovered the Taylor Swift fandom does not argue about:
- Is her best song “All Too Well”? (It is.)
qquincies asked: So, I found your tumblr because I googled "taylor swift & misogyny" and have since read all you TS posts! I just wanted to say thank you, because you eloquently put in to words what I have been saying for years. If you dislike Taylor's music, that's fine, she is a person who has said and done problematic things and I get it. But the reasons for disliking her are often so frustrating. Anyway, I just wanted to let you know I read and greatly appreciated your TS posts, they were thought provoking.
You might also enjoy, if you are not already, the fine work on Taylor of Tess McGeer, currently being published at One Week One Band. Because the world needs more thoughtful writing about Taylor.
If anyone reading has failed to come across my writing on Taylor, you can find it here. There’s, uh, a lot of it.
swiftiehaley13 asked: So you hate Taylor? basic.
What is happening.
I got a boy in a hardcore band/ I got a boy likes to fuck to Can/ Then there’s the boy sings those sad songs I like/ I got too many boyfriends to see you tonight."
Thus goes the chorus to last year’s debut single by Speedy Ortiz, a band working in the angular, abrasive tradition of independent rock’n’roll with a gender-blurring poet of a frontwoman. The track is sarcastically titled “Taylor Swift”. “You hear so many songs about dudes who brag about how many different women they can pull,” explains the quartet’s 25-year-old singer and songwriter Sadie Dupuis. “So here’s my response to that. Winky face.
Jenn Pelly, "Rising: Speedy Ortiz," Pitchfork.com
This seems relevant to the interests of a lot of my tumblr peeps. Not to mention the fact that this band is just really good in general.
I dunno, the song’s OK, but, like, “sarcastically titled” “Taylor Swift”? Like, lol, let’s slut shame Taylor as part of our own sexual liberation? I dunno, I don’t get the sense that the title is celebrating her for smashing a Kennedy and a member of One Direction in the space of twelve months.
Too many cool kids.
Also, like, surrsly, Pistol Annies and Missy Elliott already did it.
Swift’s savvy about how to write a hit feels almost at odds with her reputation for writing autobiographical lyrics — people speak as if her songs are emotional and filter-less, when in reality her songwriting is anything but “raw.” With each new album, theories emerge about which of Swift’s celebrity ex-boyfriends each song is about. Swift claims to be bemused by this guessing game. “There are a lot of songs that people think is about this dude, but it’s really not, it’s actually about this guy you have no idea I even dated. Or you’ll sit there and go ‘that song was inspired by three different situations with three different people,’” she told VH1 recently. “I never really talk about who my songs are about,” she insisted.