I'm not sure about Taylor Swift as a role model. (Destiny)

by Funkmon @, Saturday, February 06, 2016, 03:28 (3025 days ago) @ Schedonnardus

Well, the media certainly pretends she is a great one. On the other hand, she trades in for a new boyfriend on an extremely regular basis, sings bad songs about them, and has actually written more than one about how her ideal relationship is an angry one, and that gentlemanly men aren't as desirable.

For example, The Way I Loved You

He respects my space
And never makes me wait
And he calls exactly when he says he will
He's close to my mother
Talks business with my father
He's charming and endearing
And I'm comfortable

But I miss screaming and fighting and kissing in the rain
And it's two a.m. and I'm cursing your name
You're so in love that you act insane
And that's the way I loved you
Breakin' down and coming undone
It's a roller coaster kinda rush
And I never knew I could feel that much
And that's the way I loved you

He can't see the smile I'm faking
And my heart's not breaking
Cause I'm not feeling anything at all
And you were wild and crazy
Just so frustrating intoxicating
Complicated, got away by some mistake and now

I miss screaming and fighting and kissing in the rain (and so on)

Or in one of her biggest songs, Blank Space.

Cherry lips, crystal skies
I could show you incredible things
Stolen kisses, pretty lies
You're the king baby I'm your Queen
Find out what you want
Be that girl for a month
Wait the worst is yet to come, oh no
Screaming, crying, perfect storm
I can make all the tables turn
Rose gardens filled with thorns
Keep you second guessing like
"Oh my God, who is she?"
I get drunk on jealousy
But you'll come back each time you leave
'Cause darling I'm a nightmare dressed like a daydream

So it's gonna be forever
Or it's gonna go down in flames
You can tell me when it's over
If the high was worth the pain
Got a long list of ex-lovers
They'll tell you I'm insane
'Cause you know I love the players
And you love the game

This isn't the kind of stuff I would necessarily consider for a good role model. Seems like the recipe for awful teenage years. Taylor Swift, while not going around singing explicitly about sexual acts or dressing in a revealing manner, glorifies some stuff I don't think is good role model material. For every nice sentiment she sings about in her songs, like about the troubles of freshman year in Fifteen, I hear some things I find loathsome. For every Stay, Stay, Stay, there's another one being all vindictive about a breakup. In general, she does love songs and breakup songs, so that's all we can really judge her on, and with those, I don't think I can give her an endorsement.

I don't think anything she does is particularly harmful, but I wouldn't give her a pass either.

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