For those who feel Taylor Swift’s lyrics are a little antiquated in their view of romance, a new Twitter handle is giving them a feminist upgrade. Going by the name FeministTaylorSwift (@feministtswift), the parody account started re-writing some of the singer’s biggest songs on June 12th.
In just 20 days, the account (whose photo is Swift done up like Rosie The Riveter) has posted 184 tweets that attempt to break the glass ceiling by redefining a few pop songs. With nearly 111,000 followers at press time, the account seems to have struck a chord.
No longer is “Love Story” about a girl pining for a guy. Instead it’s about a woman finding her own strength.
You were Romeo, you were throwin’ pebbles / And my daddy said “Stay away from Juliet” / But I’m a grown woman who can make her own decisions — FeministTaylorSwift (@feministtswift) June 16, 2013
A new version of “Today Was A Fairytale” plays with the idea of happily ever after.
Today was a fairytale / You were the prince / I was a beautiful submissive girl with no personality / It was kind of a terrible day actually
— FeministTaylorSwift (@feministtswift) June 27, 2013
I don’t know about you / But I’m feeling 22 / cents underpaid on the dollar — FeministTaylorSwift (@feministtswift) June 13, 2013
You throw your head back laughing like a little kid / I think it’s strange that you think I’m funny ’cause / People often say women aren’t
— FeministTaylorSwift (@feministtswift) June 23, 2013
And “You Belong With Me” addresses the narrow-mindedness that revolves around women’s fashion.
She wears short skirts / I wear t-shirts / Neither of us is asking for it
— FeministTaylorSwift (@feministtswift) June 12, 2013
But does this anonymous Twitter handle — whose bio, “Happy. Free. Confused. Oppressed by the patriarchy. At the same time,” is a feminist play on Swift’s song “22” — prove once and for all that Swift is bad for feminism?
Though Swift’s ability to stay out of jail is to be commended by parents everywhere, many women wonder if the Red singer’s penchant for all things girly is sending the wrong message to all the mini-Swifts out there who hang on to each and every one of her words. Words that may or may not feature heart-dotted I’s.