The Ways in which Taylor Swift is Every Woman

I know that it isn’t her style, but Tay should strongly consider covering Whitney Houston’s I’m Every Woman, because it’s all in her. Whoa, that sounded like a dick joke. It wasn’t. I’m just implying that although she is widely adored and equally as hated, Taylor Swift never quite gets the credit she deserves. Let me count the ways in which T-Swizzle is amaze-dizzle. P.s. Taylor, if you’re reading this, I REALLY want to be your best friend.

She isn’t political. Many people would disagree with me about this being a good trait, but especially during the gargantuan garbage truck explosion that was the 2016 presidential election and its aftermath, when conflicting political opinions with varying levels are accuracy are being constantly broadcast at everyone from every imaginable platform, T-Swifts silence on the matter was a breath of fresh air. I’m not saying that it isn’t okay to have opinions, hell, everyone SHOULD have an opinion. Your freedom of speech allows you to spew them violently on social media, only serving to fuel the chaos, and let’s face it, confusion. However, our girl Tay somehow managed to keep hers to herself. She was even blasted in an esquire article entitled Why are Influential Celebrities Remaining Silent this Election Season?

And the answer to that is, that no one really cares. Sure, it’s nice when celebrities you admire agree with you, when they like the same things that you do. But I’m on Team Swift because I like her music, I think she’s a bad ass, and I would love to be her bestie. I will still feel this way regardless of who she voted for. And frankly, I’m an intelligent adult. Knowing her opinion would not in any way shape mine. That’s why I don’t need her to ‘take a stand,’ or use her influence to further fuel the already massive flames, I need her to remind me that there is a world outside of my own, that is frankly filled to the brim with political hogwash, from both the left and the right. I need her music to do what it has always done, and that is to provide a temporary escape from the woes of the working world.

She gives voice to the inner workings of normal girls. I often tell people that Taylor Swift is my spirit animal. I have long felt this to be the absolute truth with every fiber of my being. I think this feeling I have is a sentiment that is shared with millions of people, and I think that’s one of the things that people like about country music in general. It speaks to the conditions of real life. Taylor started out as a country artist, and her music speaks to the condition of girlhood in the 21st century. These are choppy waters and navigating them is perpetually difficult. T-Swift’s music serves as both an affirmation and as a guide. With song lyrics like “we’re happy free, confused and lonely at the same time,” and “I might be okay but I’m not fine at all,” Taylor lets her listeners know that these feelings are normal. She’s letting us all know that life is hard, but we aren’t alone. Other people are feeling the same things that we’re feeling, and that we are all in this together.

Taylor Swift is fucking polite. Take it from someone who has spent years working in food service and retail, and who currently works in an office of educated adults who can’t be troubled to flush the dang toilet, it often seems like the world has largely forgotten their manners. My boyfriend recently bought me a dvd entitled Taylor Swift: Journey to Fearless, which features Tay talking about her road to super-stardom around the time her second album was released. She is honestly so polite and sweet in this video, mentioning more than once, that she just wants people to feel welcome. When her second album was released she went to the WalMart in her home town and bought it. During this dvd, she was constantly getting off stage during her shows and hugging her fans, she also gave out tickets to an event she termed the “T Party,” wherein she invited fans back stage and bought them pizza. To sum up what I gleaned from watching this dvd, Taylor Swift is a sparkly, pretty, sunshiney ball of warm happy manners covered with sprinkles of nice and kind.

To be honest, this list could go on and on. Because I can think of things that make Taylor Swift lovable all day long, like her awkwardness, her honesty, how she in tandem with Zoe D. reintroduced us all to the wonderful world of red lipstick. And we all know about the T-Swift v.s. Spotify bad assery. In my, perhaps less than humble opinion, Taylor Swift is winning the game of being a celebrity. She is an admirable, up-standing person and for this reason I truly admire her, rather than just dig her music.



Author: Lee Ann Fryman

Lee Ann is a poet, fiction writer, and blogger located in Lexington, Kentucky. She received an MA in English from Northern Kentucky University, and has BAs in Theatre and English from Morehead State University.

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