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This post, which remains the most popular post on our entire website, was composed in February of 2010 in response to The Grammys during a time when I was a serious Lady Gaga fanatic.
I remain a Gaga fan but am honestly kinda embarrassed by the unbridled Gaga fanaticism expressed in this post.
‘Cause Swift’s package is “Purity Sue Ingenue”: eternally childlike, obedient and one-dimensional.
Mothers love this package, and teenage girls are hypnotized by her simple songs and pretty hair and propensity for crying on her instruments. When Beyoncè was Swift’s age, she was onstage with Destiny’s Child, proclaiming: It goes without saying — because, of course, no one wants to say it — that Swift was able to succeed so early ’cause her family was both supportive & wealthy enough to enable her ambitions.
We’ve decided to break this down for you with a special Autostraddle infographic: Riese is the 36-year-old CEO, CFO and Editor-in-Chief of as well as an award-winning writer, blogger, fictionist, copywriter, video-maker, low-key power lesbian and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and then headed West.Though the debate over her performance skills is a well-beaten horse at this point, her unequivocal worthiness as a role model for girls has been accepted complacently; at least within my limited purview.Listen up; if I ever get my life together enough to reproduce other life forms, they will not be joining Taylor Nation — they will be brave, creative, inventive, envelope-pushing little monsters who will find a pretty, skinny white blonde girl in a white peasant shirt strolling through nature-themed screensaver-esque fantasylands singing about how First, let’s address the age issue; as Swift is often celebrated as some kind of child prodigy.In lieu of retro-editing the post, I encourage you to see the few statements about Gaga contained herein in the context of that time and not let those statements distract you from the points I still stand by, which is everything I said about Taylor Swift.Yesterday, looking for Daily Fix links, I came upon an MTV news piece by James Montgomery titled “Why You Shouldn’t Hate On Taylor Swift.” Fair enough — the hype cycle moves quickly these days and now is probably the opportune moment for someone to step up and captain the “backlash-to-the-backlash” train.
If Swift’s work connects with teenage girls, it does so on the most simplistic, reductive territory of all: pining for boys, walking in the rain, kissing in the rain, crying drops of tears on her guitar, driving in trucks with cool boys, wanting boys she can’t have, more rain, more letter-writing, more stalking, more broken hearts, breathing problems as a side-effect of broken hearts, fairytale princess this, white horse that, more pining at the window, more psuedo-stalking, more incomplete hearts yearning for your touch, and one song that misinterprets Shakespeare and so criminally I’m certain she’s never read either.