Taylor Swift - Dating, Rumours, Sexism and Katie Couric: The Loves and Hates of Taylor Swift05 March 2013
Taylor Swift is on the cover of Vanity Fair this month, she also gave a revealing interview in which she unravels much of the mythical status of her life and denies the media caricature that she has become.
Dating, Rumours, Sexism and Katie Couric: The Loves and Hates of Taylor Swift
In her latest interview, Taylor Swift described the tabloid version of herself as a "fictional character". Her raw and more combative interview with Vanity Fair gives a further glimpse of the Swift that is tangible, emotional, intelligent and real - she provides us with a reminder that the life of Taylor Swift is not fiction, but that much of what is written about her is.
"I have to avoid the tabloid part of our culture because they turn you into a fictional character," she said, after revealing that despite the "slide show of a dozen guys" she has been linked with, she in fact has only dated two people since 2010 - Connor Kennedy and Harry Styles. Indeed, the serial monogamist caricature that she has been made into turns out to be a complete fallacy. Another 'Swift stereotype' is that she "apparently buy[s] houses near every boy [she] likes," which she implies is also false.
Furthermore, her song writing has been spoken about constantly, and there are infinite guesses as to whom each song of hers is about. However, she considers her song writing as a source of feminine empowerment and the 'twisted' takes on it as sexist. "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," she said, continuing "- 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."
And the worst kinds of sexists? Women who attack women. Amy Poehler and Tina Fey mocked her at this year's Golden Globes. "You know, Katie Couric is one of my favorite people," she said, in reference to the aforementioned women, "Because she said to me... 'There's a special place in hell for women who don't help other women.'"