Taylor Swift said, “There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.” She said it in response to being asked if Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s joke about her love life upset her. I have several problems with this. First being that Taylor Swift’s love life is a joke and she makes it a public one because every song she ever writes is about it. Second, you can’t say that these two brilliant powerful women who broke the mold for women in TV are going to hell because they didn’t back you. You just committed the same folly.
When Amy Poehler was asked what she thought about the comment she said something to the effect of, “I’m going to hell but mainly for boring tax reasons” and that’s how it’s handled. Once again proving that charm, maturity, and comedy will always outweigh the “poor me you were mean to me” little whiney girl.
That’s all Taylor Swift is, a perpetual teenager stuck in a “poor me” party. I understand that heartbreak makes the best poetry and lyrics are poems but enough is enough. How many men has she dated?! Enough to have at least three albums worth of lyrics, there’s an entire Wiki about them. That’s a lot of public heartbreak. I mean, most people in the public view have relationships end but they don’t talk about them endlessly.
My point is I feel like Taylor Swift sets back feminism. She’s a meek, little girl whose happiness (and album successes) relies on a man. I would love to see her break out of this mold she’s created for herself. She’s 22 now, I don’t want her riding around in the basket of a shopping cart—it’s time to grow up.