Dear FeministTaylorSwift (@feministtswift),
Ahhh, how I’ve waited for you to come around and justify that one time I was completely obsessed with Feminist Taylor Swift. I’ll admit, in the beginning, I didn’t need you. You see, it started off innocently enough with Our Song... I didn’t have to sneak off to the garden to listen to T Swift , just yet (Translation: I wasn’t yet ashamed enough to listen to her solely on low-volume, with my headphones in, in the safety of my bedroom…but that would happen soon enough).
And then You Belong With Me happened…and I was all like ..Taylor’s the only one who understands me, she’ll always stand by my side on the bleachers!
But then…things started to get real awkward. For starters, this happened:
Then, this (can't really blame her for this one):
And then, of course, that time she played Jackie O for the weekend (and dated a 12 year old):
I felt betrayed...what about band camp? what happened to the bleachers? It was getting really hard to believe that she really looked like this:
Slowly and inevitably, I started to feel guilty/disgusted with myself for listening to Feminist Taylor Swift's music. Partly because, well, I began to embrace my inner-feminist . I realized that no self-respecting woman could truly enjoy Feminist Taylor Swift’s music. And, partly because I kept thinking to myself, in fits of rage, Hey Tay, if you hate guys so much why dont you try being single for like... 2 days?
But thanks to you, FeministTaylorSwift, I now feel like I can listen to my favorite Taylor Swift jams, in peace. Your edited lyrics really put my mind at ease.
Let's take a look at some of these lovely feminist lyrics, shall we?
Starting with Love Story:
Moving on to the classic Fifteen:
And, of course, your version of You Belong With Me... which made me feel a lot better about my refusal to wear both high heels and sneakers:
With these new, empowering words I can indulge in the occasional Taylor-Swift-Binge with out feeling guilty…and envisioning a crowd of feminists coming to hunt me down. As you said, ever so eloquently, “I'm not a princess / This ain't a fairytale / I'm writing my own story / With a strong female hero…” You did it, FeministTaylorSwift. Now we can all feel more like that "strong female hero" and less like the boy-crazy-hypocrite herself...without giving up the songs that we love belting at the top of our lungs (...sometimes publicly).