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Taylor Swift Doesn’t Like Being Labelled


By Jennifer McShane
21st Jun 2015
Taylor Swift Doesn’t Like Being Labelled

Taylor Swift

We really like Taylor here at Image.ie. Her songs are super catchy, she’s a good role model to her fans (we’ve never seen a single photo of her falling out of a nightclub), she’s talented, loyal to her friends and stands up for what she believes in. All great traits in our book.

What’s equally great is that she’s not going to let any sort of sexism slide without saying a word or two about it.

Taylor took to twitter to say some strong words after British magazine OK! posted what we think is a misleading headline: ?Taylor Swift Makes ?Pregnancy Announcement.?? It is misleading to be fair, even we were fooled when we saw it. The said headline might lead the reader to believe that Taylor herself was pregnant, but she was in fact, just doing something lovely for two fans, and helping the two new parents-to-be tell the world that they were expecting their first baby:

We think the whole gesture is really sweet. But, with the use of the misleading headline, the focus goes off the good deed, and straight back onto Taylor herself and not necessarily in a good way either. Swift is referred to as both “Harry Styles’ ex-girlfriend” and “Calvin Harris’ rumoured girlfriend” in the article. She tweeted this epic comeback in response:

We think she fully deserves a round of applause for that. We’re not surprised the whole thing made her see red (excuse the pun), because their choice of words in giving her the ?title? of being somebody’s girlfriend does label her in a not-so-nice way. She’s a strong, talented woman and deserves a hell of a lot more than being defined as someone’s girlfriend.

It’s these misleading depictions, that are exactly why we need feminism today, according to Swift, and we couldn’t agree more.

Swift’s comments come not long after fellow singer Ariana Grande also used social media calling out those who tend to describe women solely based on who they may or may not be dating.

ICYMI: Read: Ariana Grande’s Feminist Outburst

The original headline from the Swift story is still online, and the magazine have yet to respond to the whole thing.

We think both ladies are justified in their comments and that this needs to stop. Men aren’t usually depicted based on who they might be dating (sometimes they might be, but you can bet it’s nowhere near as much as women), so why should they be?

What are your thoughts on all this?

Bustle

@Jenny_McShane