Taylor Swift: Don’t Be Sexist, I’ve Only Dated Two Guys Since 2010
Taylor Swift does not see herself as a serial dater. She’s a feminist who doesn't appreciate snide remarks — especially from other women.
Tay is on the new cover of Vanity Fair, and in the accompanying profile article she addresses the joke Tina Fey and Amy Poehler made at the 2013 Golden Globes, about staying away from Michael J. Fox's son. On that topic, and the subject of "mean girls," Taylor tells the magazine, "You know, Katie Couric is one of my favorite people. Because she said to me she had heard a quote that she loved, that said, ‘There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.’”
She said she has to stay away from the tabloid part of the culture because they turn people into fictional characters. “For a female to write about her feelings, and then be portrayed as some clingy, insane, desperate girlfriend in need of making you marry her and have kids with her, I think that’s taking something that potentially should be celebrated — a woman writing about her feelings in a confessional way — that’s taking it and turning it and twisting it into something that is frankly a little sexist.”
For the record, she said, "if you want some big revelation, since 2010 I have dated exactly two people." That's Conor Kennedy and One Direction’s Harry Styles. She added, “The fact that there are slide shows of a dozen guys that I either hugged on a red carpet or met for lunch or wrote a song with. . . it’s just kind of ridiculous.”
In other words, she's not dating every guy she's seen with. That said, she has dated a lot of famous guys — before 2010 or after — including John Mayer, Taylor Lautner, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Joe Jonas. They are why she's known (fairly or not) for dating famous people and writing songs about them. No one would care as much if she were just dating Joe Shmoe Down the Street. She goes for big names, and even a Kennedy, and she's dated a few. That's why she gets the attention that doesn't go to, say, Adele, who also writes songs about breakups. But, yeah, Tay has gotten a reputation for dating people just to write about them, and maybe that's not fair.
What do you think? Are you having a "Preach it, Taylor!" moment, or is Tay not really your idea of a good Girl Power rep?