Never one to back down from speaking her mind, Taylor Swift had the perfect response to a reporter’s sexist interview question.
Swift has been touring the globe promoting her new album and was taken aback during a recent interview with Deutsche Presse-Agentur. The interviewer pointed out that Swift would soon be turning 30 and asked if her impending birthday is making her think seriously about having children. Sure, this is something a lot of women are asked as they approach their 30s, and at her level of fame, reporters are inevitably going to ask personal questions. But that doesn’t make it appropriate, especially in a professional setting — after all, they were there to discuss Swift’s new work.
So, the singer-songwriter brilliantly responded with: “I really do not think men are asked that question when they turn 30. So I’m not going to answer that question now.”
She’s not wrong. Not only would an interviewer likely not ask that same question of a man, it’s also kind of none of their business? Especially considering the fact that Swift has kept her relationship with English actor Joe Alwyn incredibly private.
“There is so much pressure on women to meet societal expectations,” Dr. Alexis Conason, Psy.D, a licensed clinical psychologist in New York City who specializes in body image, previously told GLAM. “They are largely related to childbearing and our ticking biological clock, making us believe that if we haven’t done X by X age, then it will never happen for us.” She went on to explain that, for some women, this can lead to low self-esteem and feelings of depression and anxiety.
The incident with the German publication is one of many head-turning moments from Swift’s promo tour thus far, including apologizing for calling out Joe Jonas for breaking up with her nearly 10 years ago, and then appearing on The Graham Norton Show with his new wife, Sophie Turner. Never a dull moment, Taylor!