So, I started writing an essay about Taylor Swift a bit ago inspired by this song (which plays at my place of employment.)
The lyrics of this song, along with a lot of Swifts other hits, is really just slut bashing. There is no blame placed whatsoever on the boy who left her and this evil man-stealing she-devil’s only listed fault is that she probably has sex. It drove me up the wall. So, while doing some more research I uncovered someone who actually put it all together a lot better than I believe I could.
Here is the article. It’s lengthy but very accurate as to my feelings on the subject. It was linked from a similar Jezebel article, but Jezebel and I have a love/hate relationship and I think the source article is better written.
One more note about the song:
“She should keep in mind stealing other peoples toys on the playground won’t make you any friends” is perhaps one of the most sexist parts of her song and enrages me. Men, boys, boyfriends are not toys to be stolen. They cannot be stolen without their consent. Men are people too, Taylor, and maybe he left you because you were boring and/or repressed and/or no longer who he wanted to be with. This is a kind of sexism that goes unnoticed sometimes, but women who choose to hate the women who “stole” “their men” away from them are not only being unreasonably hateful to other women, but are also being remarkably sexist towards men. It’s childish and futile.