Join us, T-Swift!

All right, everyone, it’s Monday. Are we awake? How was our weekend? Did you go see The Bling Ring as you were advised?

Here’s a Monday Morning Tip: If you haven’t already, you should probably go ahead and follow Feminist Taylor Swift on Twitter.

High Heels vs SneakersOh man, was that a sight for my bleary morning eyes today. You see, T-Swift has always rubbed me the wrong way, from the very first moment I saw her way back when she was still an opening act, in a white dress and cowboy boots on a cool evening out in the desert. I wanted to be into her music, of course. Here was a young gal writing her own songs and touring around the country on the legit. That’s great. What’s not so great, as it turns out, are those lyrics, which have been the topic of many a discourse and infographic in the years since T-Swift came on the scene, this being my favorite:

The Complete Works of Taylor Swift

Hey, the girl knows how to use a metaphor. No one is saying she doesn’t. But what’s so great about the Feminist Taylor Swift Twitter is that it so perfectly subverts her lyrics, which are painfully heteronormative at best and anti-woman at worst, into something that young girls should totally hear.

Picture 2 Picture 2 Picture 3See? So good. Listen, I don’t have any hate for T-Swift. She can still turn the beat around. I hope she does, and I’d like to give her the benefit of the doubt because she’s young and working things out through her art, and that’s fine. Her art is problematic, yes. She just happens to be figuring everything out in a public forum…

Picture 1…where she has been widely criticized for having too many boyfriends. What? She can have as many boyfriends as she wants to have! The problem is that she became beloved by a system that liked her message: that she is the good girl with the angelic blonde curls, and the bad girl (always a brunette) stole her boyfriend, probably by being Slutty, as evidenced by the suggestive cut-outs in her (RED) prom dress! Then they were like, “Poor T-Swift! We love you! Boo on that slutty girl, and slutty girls in general. You just keep being Good.”

BlondeBrunetteSYMBOLISM! And those brown-haired girls: so evil, right? Jeez, I guess I’m still super angry about this music video, which I know is ultra old now, in internet years. But, COME ON.

Anyway, Taylor Swift is not a girl in a white dress waiting for a prince to come rescue her on a white horse, even if that’s what her songs say…like, I think those were actual song lyrics right there. She’s a real person, with a love life. But then everyone gets confused, like, “Hey, what happened to the white dress? Are you the cut-out dress girl now?”

When she gets treated like this, you’d hope that she’d be able to come back with some empowered anthem about being a woman who can make her own decisions, but she continues to write songs slamming the other women who men have chosen to date instead of her:

She’s not a saint, and she’s not what you think

She’s an actress, whoa

She’s better known for the things that she does

On the mattress, whoa

and dodging questions about whether or not she identifies as a feminist:

The Daily Beast: Do you consider yourself a feminist?

T-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.

Maybe she doesn’t know what feminism is?

Taylor, and I will go ahead and speak for all feminists when I say this: you are safe with us. You can be the cut-out dress girl and the white dress girl, both. Join us. You can bring your Swifties with you. We have cookies. You can wear high heels AND sneakers.

What do you say? Let’s make Feminist Taylor Swift a reality!

Come on, Feminist Kanye is on board with it.

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