Long time fan, first time writer. I love your music, and I’m pleased as punch that you finally are standing up as a feminist.
But you have GOT to stop saying it’s “sexist” for people to critique or complain about you writing about you exes.
From the recent interview on “Jules, Merick and Sophie”
“I think frankly that’s a very sexist angle to take,” Swift said in a recent interview with regard to how she’s sometimes criticized for writing about past lovers. “No one says that about Ed Sheeran. No one says that about Bruno Mars. They’re all writing songs about their exes, their current girlfriends, their love life and no one raises a red flag there.”
You’re right that no one raises a red flag about Ed Sherran or Bruno Mars. And it’s not because people are sexist (I mean they are, but not because of this). It’s because neither Ed nor Bruno built their entire careers on writing songs about their exes.
Now, only you know how many songs are about your exes, and how many are songs about other people’s relationships. But you became a global star in no small part because you were writing about universal things that every on can relate to (love, heartbreak, friendship etc). A quick glance of your discography not including 1989 which is clearly a departure) shows that you have written 43 songs that are either about your relationships or other peoples. That’s out of 54, or 80 percent of your catalog.
You’re also a social media GENIUS who was very very open about the fact that these songs were inspired by real people–you even leave clues in your liner notes to help you fans guess who the song’s about.
To now criticize people for criticizing your own marketing technique (and a damn successful one at that) is at best unaware.
It is sexist for people to only talk about your relationships. It is sexist for them to paint you as a realtionshipaholic boy crazy woman. But it’s a persona that you started and built an empire on.
Some food for thought.