Taylor Swift Speaks Out Against Slut-Shaming In The Music Industry

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Despite her success, Taylor Swift has endured a fair share of criticism throughout her career, a lot of which has been about her love life. As she churned out albums about crushes and heartbreak, the public joked about her “long list of ex-lovers.” It’s a critique that she’s pointed out is usually only directed at female musicians, despite the fact that male musicians also draw inspiration from past relationships.

In a new interview with Apple Music Beats 1, the 29-year-old shares some strong words about the sexism she’s faced in her career and her hopes for the future of the music industry. When Host Zane Lowe asked Swift when her career got the toughest, she brought up the incessant speculation by the media surrounding her love life. “When I was, like, 23, and people were just kind of reducing me to… kind of making slideshows of my dating life and putting people in there that I’d sat next to at a party once and deciding that my songwriting was like a trick rather than a skill and a craft,” she said.

The popstar went on to explain that she eventually realized this kind of gossip was a form of slut-shaming. “In a way, it’s figuring out how to completely minimize that skill by taking something that everyone in their darkest, darkest moments loves to do, which is just to slut-shame, you know?” she said. “That happened to me at a very young age, so that was a bit hard. That was one of the first times I was like, ‘Wow, this is not fair.’”

 

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These experiences are probably why Swift chooses to keep her current relationship with actor Joe Alwyn so private. The pair have been linked since 2017 and Swift made clear references to him in her latest album Lover, but they keep things pretty low key.

The star also mentioned that she’s disheartened to see emerging female musicians still going through some of the same things she did. “I don’t want that to keep happening, and I don’t think people understand how easy it is to infer that someone who’s a female artist or a female in our industry is somehow doing something wrong by wanting love, wanting money, wanting success,” she said. “Women are not allowed to want those things the way that men are allowed to want them.”

But, Swift is hopeful for a future that is free of sexism and slut-shaming. “We have made incredible progress,” she continued. “We’ve made incredible strides. I can look back at those lessons I learned when I was younger and I really truly don’t think I did anything wrong by having a normal dating life in my early 20s.”

Clearly, she’s using her experiences (the good and the bad) to propel herself forward. Lover, her seventh studio album, has seen huge international success and received a platinum certification after only four weeks of its August release. What’s more, Swift was just named the American Music Association’s Artist of the Decade, an award she’ll received at the AMA’s on November 24th.

Listen to the full interview below.

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