Back in 2006, Taylor Swift launched her music career, initially focusing on country music. However, in recent years, she has transitioned into the pop music world and has earned a massive following. Her more recent albums, including “Evermore,” “Folklore,” and “Midnights,” have become incredibly popular. All three of these albums are part of her Era’s tour, which kicked off on March 17th and is scheduled to run until August 9th.
Nonetheless, where there is light, darkness lurks. Taylor Swift’s rise in popularity has also led to an increase in hate directed towards her, by both men and women. However, I believe that this animosity is unwarranted. While it’s perfectly reasonable to not enjoy the genre of music she produces, there’s no real reason to dislike her as a person. In fact, I’d argue that much of the negativity aimed at her stems from misogyny. Are individuals hating on her because she’s done something wrong? Or are they simply hating on her because she’s a successful woman in the music industry whose recent songs highlight the heartbreak pain and teach people that they need partners who value and recognize their worth?
In regard to the individuals who harbor negative feelings towards her, my observation is that it stems from their inability to tolerate a prosperous woman who recognizes her self-worth. A man finds it challenging to manipulate and persuade such a woman to believe that she needs him to be valuable in her life when she knows her worth. My belief is that many of these men are insecure. The reason being, an independent and confident woman poses a threat to their already fragile masculinity. I would also argue that this insecurity is a result of patriarchy and the notion that men must be dominant in society or relationships. Taylor Swift is not only a formidable woman herself, but she also empowers other women to be strong. Men don’t appreciate this, as it implies they won’t be able to exploit women as effortlessly as they used to. Furthermore, this goes against the earlier mentioned belief that has likely been ingrained in them since childhood.
Even those who profess to dislike Taylor Swift are likely influenced by societal pressure to distance themselves from typical feminine interests. Girls are often shamed for embracing makeup and other traditionally “girly” activities, yet can also face criticism for rejecting them. This leaves many girls feeling caught between a rock and a hard place, constantly judged for not being “enough” of one thing or another. For some, rejecting Taylor Swift may be a way to align themselves with a non-conformist identity or to avoid being associated with the stereotypical “girly-girl” image that is often stigmatized. However, as people grow older, they may come to realize that it’s perfectly acceptable to enjoy things that are popular with other girls, just as they may come to appreciate the color pink after years of rejecting it for being too “girly.”
Ultimately, it’s crucial to take a step back and analyze the reasons why we may dislike someone. Is it due to their actual wrongdoing or prejudice? Or are we projecting our own biases onto them? Adopting an open-minded approach and delving into this thought process can help us identify and address any biases we harbor, leading to a shift in our perspectives.