Taylor Swift’s Fight Against Misogyny

How Sexism Impacts the Music Industry

“I’m so sick of running as fast I can, wondering if I’d get there quicker if I was a man,” Taylor Swift sings in her song, “The Man,” off her album Lover. A question and realization that many women think about as we continue to fight against misogyny and sexism in our everyday lives. In recent events, Taylor Swift took to Twitter to condemn the new Netflix show Ginny and Georgia for a misogynistic joke aimed at her. 

Taylor Swift’s fans, nicknamed “Swifties,” first noticed the lines, “What do you care? You go through men faster than Taylor Swift,” on the show’s premiere day. They quickly voiced their opinions on the sexist comments online, slamming the show. Soon enough, “Respect Taylor Swift” was trending on Twitter, with thousands of fan accounts calling attention to the blatant sexism in the lines said by a character. Unfortunately, Swift is not new to the sexism that she continues to face and has faced since her career took off. 

Taylor Swift has been ridiculed and shamed for the “string of men” that she has dated. Overall, Swift has only dated nine men, a perfectly normal number for a 31-year-old woman. Further, some people claim that the only reason that Swift is famous is because of Kanye West. 

Kanye West interrupts Taylor Swift’s speech at the MTV Video Music Awards.

In 2009, West notoriously interrupted her award show speech, telling her that Beyonce deserved the award over Swift. This incident began the deluge of misogyny against her. Later on, Kanye West and his wife, Kim Kardashian, famously manipulated Swift over the phone, which sparked a national “canceling” of Swift.

Many people claim that Taylor Swift is only famously known for writing breakup songs about her boyfriends, with smash hits like “I Knew You Were Trouble,” “Style,” and “Dear John.” The public mocks and shames Swift for what they consider to be an excessive amount of boyfriends. It should be noted that singers like Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, and a slew of rappers sing about their girlfriends, or even blatant misogyny, and face nowhere near the same amount of criticism that Swift faces. Looking closer into Swift’s music, you can see that she writes songs about life experiences, fictional experiences, and love. 

A couple of years ago, Swift’s record label, Big Machine Records, sold her music without her consent to Scooter Braun before she had the choice to buy it back. Swift has made accusations of bullying and harassment against Braun, so it was a particularly harsh blow that her music was sold to the man she hated. She now no longer owns those six albums she recorded while under Big Machine Records music, nor does she make money for it. She signed with Universal Music Group in 2018, which allows Swift to have ownership of all her music. Headlines called Swift “overdramatic” and “petty” for being upset that her music was stolen. She has recently undertaken the laborious task of re-recording her six studio albums that do not belong to her. Her new re-recorded album, Fearless (Taylor’s Version), is set to be released on April 9th, 2021. 

Women continue to fight sexism and misogyny, no matter what industry they are in. However, the music industry, in particular, seems to be a breeding ground for injustice and hate.