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Taylor Swift and the message she sends to the young women of today

Before I even begin this post, let me just say I do not wish to “bash” or hate on Miss Swift. I’m sure she’s a wonderful human being and I respect her for becoming so successful at such a young age. However, the message she is sending to her demographic of fans (10-18 year old girls, mostly) is an alarming one.

In some of her songs, she slut-shames the “evil” woman she’s singing about. In her song “Better Than Revenge,” a line in the chorus is as follows;

She’s not a saint and she’s not what you think; she’s an actress. She’s better known for the things that she does on the mattress.

She does not explicitly call the female a slut, but it is most definitely implied.

In another one of her songs, “You Belong With Me,” she sings about a guy and how he, well, belongs with her. That is not the most irksome factor. I am not here to condemn feelings of wanting, people! The video on the other hand is what irks me. Swift portrays both female characters in the video. The first one, herself, is dressed in jeans, an oversized sweater and wears glasses. The other character is the clichéd mean girl. She’s the cheerleader who wears short skirts and high heels. Taylor Swift is not the first person to send this message across. As I stated above, it is indeed a cliché. However, most pieces of culture (movies, books etc,) ...