The Daily Beast: Do you consider yourself a feminist?
Taylor Swift: I don’t really think about things as guys versus girls. I never have. I was raised by parents who brought me up to think if you work as hard as guys, you can go far in life.
Are we surprised that Taylor Swift doesn’t really consider herself a feminist? Not really. But it’s still completely dismaying that “guys versus girls” and that when women don’t succeed it’s because we just didn’t work hard enough is apparently what she thinks feminism is. It’s actually about men and women being equal to each other and deserving the same opportunities; it’s also about women being able to make choices for themselves. Call the Feminism PR Department, we have a pop star to educate! In all seriousness, though, I do suspect feminism within the pop music industry can be hard to come by. At the very least, the messages are complicated — Beyoncé, anyone? Taylor has been pursuing her career since she was about 14 and she’s probably drank the industry Kool-Aid about how she has to be marketed — sweet, innocent, uber-feminine, wearing dresses — to appeal to tweens and teens (and the parents who buy their music for them). Still, she’s 22 now and has been exposed to a lot in these past few years. I do not expect that Taylor Swift would have the politics of Kathleen Hanna, India.Arie, Ani DiFranco or even Alanis Morrissette. But I do wish she could correctly identify what a feminist is — even if she does not want to identify as one. [The Daily Beast]
Watch and laugh at this amazingly spot-on “Breaking Bad” parody of Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Getting Back Together.” Incidentally, if you are a bald dude and you’re not going as Heisenberg for Halloween, you are completely living your life wrong. [YouTube]
I grew up in a small, rural town where muddy trucks would cruise up and down main street with rifles mounted in the back window and country music blasting from the speakers. I grew up hating country music. I thought it was stupid, cheesy, and ignorant. To me, country music was the soundtrack to a conservative, small-town mentality that felt incredibly stifling. I tuned it out in favor of pop, rap, oldies, indie rock, and metal (for years my musical taste could be easily summed up as “Everything except country!”) until one day in 2003, when the Dixie Chicks caused a firestorm by speaking out against President Bush on stage. This was progressive, ballsy, the complete antithesis to everything I thought I knew about country music. I realized if these kinds of women were singing country songs, maybe it was time for me to reconsider my hatred for the genre. I slowly–and secretly–starting getting into country. Pretty soon I was asking friends for country recommendations and discovering that I have a serious banjo fetish.
This year I drove two-hundred miles roundtrip to attend a country music festival and even took a trip to Nashville to get my live banjo fix. My high school self would be stunned. Here are seven things I’ve learned to love about country music since my conversion to a proud country fan… Keep reading »
Oh, oxblood, how I loathe you as a word but love you as a color, so I’m thrilled to see so many shades of deep red showing up in magazines, stores, and on stylish celebs like Taylor Swift and Victoria Beckham. Looking for some inspiration on how to wear fall’s most fashionable color? Click through to check out 12 lovely celeb ladies rocking shades of maroon, burgundy, and–yep–oxblood!
Just when you thought Taylor Swift and Conor Kennedy were going to skip off into the sunset together come not one but two rumors that Swift has been stepping out on her young man. Star magazine reports that Swift had the nerve to cheat on Kennedy with his cousin, Patrick Schwarzenegger, according to Radar. (Avid Swift-watchers will recall that Patrick was her first rumored love, before reports switched to Conor.) Sources say Taylor and Patrick were making out at a Kennedy family event, and that the family now considers her a “hanger-on” and “despises” her. Read more…
The words “Taylor Swift” and “dubstep” in the same sentence together suggests you will soon be stabbing your own ears with a pair of blunt scissors. But you know what? “I Knew You Were Trouble” is actually good. It’s not dubstep-dubstep in a Skillrex-y kinda way. But it’s not Taylor Swift butchering the genre either. And I’m a Taylor Swift fan to the end (shut up) but even I’ll admit she’s got to mix up her repetoire. “I Knew You Were Trouble” is so good that I can imagine Ellie Goulding covering it — and that is my highest compliment. [Idolator]
Leave it to Taylor Swift to not only find the time and wherewithal to not only ride her bike through the streets of Paris, but to look enviably lovely (and, naturally, a bit twee) while doing so, with nary a sporty sneaker nor sweaty bun to be found. While most of us claim spandex and a helmet as the defining features of our bike-riding attire, Taylor opted for a more glamorous look that’s still functional — an ankle-length skirt spares you the Flash Factor, while a cheeky (or plain, as you please) pair of flats will serve you just as well when you’re strolling down the street with your boyfriend… who just so happens to be American royalty. What? You mean your 18-year-old boyfriend isn’t a Kennedy? Well, that’s weird. Keep reading »
Glamour: You never identified who ["Dear John"] was about, but John Mayer recently told Rolling Stone that it was him.
Taylor Swift: How presumptuous! I never disclose who my songs are about.
Glamour: He said he felt…
Swift: No! I don’t want to know, I don’t want to know.
Glamour: You don’t?
Swift: I know it wasn’t good, so I don’t want to know. I put a high priority on staying happy, and I know what I can’t handle.
Glamour: It would hurt too much to hear?
Swift: It’s not that I’m this egomaniac and I don’t want to hear anything negative, because I do keep myself in check. But I’ve never developed that thick a skin. So I just kind of live a life, and I let all the gossip live somewhere else. If you go too far down the rabbit hole of what people think about you, it can change everything about who you are.
On the one hand I’m over John Mayer and Taylor Swift still going back and forth in the media over their breakup. It was years ago, you guys, and it’s not like the rest of the world needs a continuous reminder that you are both very complicated people to date. That being said, I commend Taylor Swift for staying above the fray. Part of being a mature grown up is keeping your distance from melodrama that only serves to get you upset; good on her for knowing that she doesn’t have a thick enough skin to read US Weekly. It’s the celebrity version of not Facebook-stalking your ex. “I put a high priority on staying happy, and I know what I can’t handle” is a piece of advice all of us non-famous ladies can surely use, too. [Glamour]
When Jake Gyllenhaal started dating Taylor Swift back in 2010, he must’ve known he was gambling that a song might be written about him down the road. So, is this it? If a blogger from Oh No You Didn’t! with a lot of time on his/her hands is to be believed, “Begin Again,” is Tay-Tay’s Jake Gyllenhaal breakup song. The theory is that Taylor is singing about moving on after getting dumped by Jake and relishing the sweetness she found with Will Anderson from the band Parachute. One clue is that she and Will Anderson dated eight months after Jake and she mentioned “eight months” in the song; Will is also a James Taylor fan and she makes a reference to all her “James Taylor records.” And then there’s a whole bunch of other little digs at Jake — or whomever — about how he never laughed at her jokes and didn’t like when she wore high heels. I wouldn’t put it past John Mayer to have been a dick like that, either, though. Gurl, we’ve got to help you get better taste in men. [ONTD]