No matter if you’re a die-hard Swiftie, or if you haven’t really heard her music at all – there’s no denying the fact that Taylor Swift is a formidable force in pop music.
The most incredible aspect of Swift’s career is that she is a completely self-made woman. From writing her own songs, to producing her own tracks and to starring, writing and directing her own music videos.
Swift is an incredibly smart business-woman who has single-handedly kept the sales of hardcopy discs & vinyl’s alive in this digital age, while simultaneously advocating the streaming rights of artists and catalog self-ownership (looking at you Apple Music, Big Machine Records & Sco*ter Br**n).
But despite that, no matter how hard Swift seems to try, there’s no winning for her in this industry.
Time & time again, men have gone out of the way to make sure that she is “running as fast as she can” to disprove the haters – and that’s the tea on the music industry’s sexism!
Interestingly, Swift said she didn’t notice sexism when she first started out her career.
“I would hear people talk about sexism in the music industry, and I’d be like, I don’t see it. I don’t understand,” she said. “Then I realized that was because I was a kid. Men in the industry saw me as a kid. I was a lanky, scrawny, overexcited young girl who reminded them more of their little niece or their daughter than a successful woman in business or a colleague.”
However, as soon as she started playing Stadiums and started to look like a grown woman, things changed.
Men would begin dictating her clothes, her sound, and her stage production – as if she wasn’t doing all that herself successfully, already.
Swift also highlights that there is a huge double standard for women in the industry, She claims, she has become the “national lightning rod for slut-shaming” for dating boys and writing songs about men, while the male artists are unprovoked.
Taylor has been criticized at every junction of her career, in every unique and creative way possible.
Does she write her own songs?
Why is her voice so pitchy?
Why does she date so many men?
Why does she have so many breakup songs?
Is her success because of her male producers?
Is she country or pop, we can’t really tell?!
Is she a calculated manipulator?
Why does she show us so many pictures of her friends? Over sharing much!
She is toooo skinny!
Why is she so fake at award shows?
It’s obvious that these criticisms have never been used for men!
Women in the music industry are constantly picked at and measured up to their pop counterparts through their bodies, their romantic lives or their fashion.
And Taylor Swift’s career is a great example of showcasing how casual sexism has been ingrained into our perception of media.
She has blazed the trail for generations of female artists to come. Since we couldn’t give her the due respect she deserves – let’s hope it's not the case for female artists who follow.