Feminist Taylor Swift Part 2: The Empire Strikes Back

Taylor Swift fans, rejoice! T.Swift’s new music video for “Blank Space,” a popular song off of her new album 1989, has been released! Fans of feminism, rejoice as well: this music video takes the judgmental stereotypes that society places on women and twists them around to make a hilarious, powerful satire.

A few weeks ago, Mustbeamermaid posted about Taylor Swift’s recent feminist transformation. From her interviews to her Twitterfeed, Swift has been an advocate for female power. But after seeing her “Blank Space” music video, one thing was incredibly clear…

Taylor Swift has now earned the title of Feminist Genius.

For almost her entire career, Taylor Swift has been mocked mercilessly for both her music and her dating life. The media has poked fun at her songs, which feature various relationships that she’s had with famous men, as well as the frequency and length of those actual relationships. After being called “boy-crazy” by a reporter during an interview, Swift fires back with:

For a female to write about her feelings, and then be portrayed as some clingy, insane, desperate girlfriend in need of making you marry her and have kids with her, I think that’s taking something that potentially should be celebrated – a woman writing about her feelings in a confessional way – that’s taking it and turning it and twisting it into something that is frankly a little sexist.”

Swift took it a step farther in her “Blank Space” music video and embraced that boy-crazy, obsessive stereotype that the media has given her. The video features Swift and a man in a fairy tale-esque relationship at the beginning of the video, complete with ball gowns, horses, and carving their initials into a tree. But then Swift catches him texting another girl and goes full-on psychopath: she screams, she cries, she cuts up his clothes, stabs his portrait, and smashes his car with a golf club.

Swift took the image that was forced upon her by the media and turned it into parody that ridicules that image. The music video is essentially a big “screw you” to anyone who has judged her personal life and her musical content. Because you know what? It’s perfectly fine to write honestly about your experience. And if that experience happens to deal with relationships (particularly in your teen years), well, so what? Taylor Swift is living proof that you can absolutely make a wildly successful career out of that.

What’s more, T.Swift has proved that she can control her image. She can take a stereotype that she has been forced into and turn it into a popular music video that has almost 18 million views in less than 72 hours. And, of course, she “can make the bad guys good for a weekend.”

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