Opinion: Taylor Swift is a bad influence on young girls

Editor’s note: Troutman writes this with total respect for Taylor Swift. Troutman wanted to take the time to call into question some of the artist’s misguiding behaviors. 

If you were born in the late 90s and early 2000s, there is a large chance that you were or are a Taylor Swift fan.

Swift rose to stardom during the early 2000s, capturing her younger female audience with fun songs about love and adventure. She was a 16-year-old girl with a guitar that knew how to perform and write songs to which her audience could relate. 

Ever heard of a ‘Swiftie?’ This is the name given to her fans throughout
the years. 

Now in 2019, Taylor Swift is still strong with a large empire of ‘Swifties’ eager to hear her new music. 

Amidst all the hair flipping and genre changes in Swift’s career, one theme has remained the same — her negative influence on young girls. 

When you take a stroll through Taylor Swift’s past albums, every record can be linked to a breakup she went through. 

Remember the album ‘Speak Now’ and the song ‘If this was a movie’? These songs were directly targeted at John Mayor after they broke up
in 2010. 

A more recent example is Swift’s album “Reputation,” which features many songs that thrash on ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris. One of Taylor Swift’s trademarks is using past relationships as inspiration for her songs. 

Many artists do this. They use their personal experiences and write songs about them. There seems to be nothing wrong with this, right? 

Personally, I appreciate an artist who is willing to dive deep into personal experiences and create art out of it. The issue with Swift is not how she writes about her life but more of how she sets an example for young girls and how they should treat men. 

Date a boy, fall in love, get your heart broken and write songs about him. It was a never-ending cycle, and no one seemed to care that she was doing this. 

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EXAMPLE — Taylor Swift fails to exemplify a healthy atttitude toward
relationships to her young fans.

In fact, every time Swift has a breakup, most people ask when the next album will be dropping and what songs will detail the reason for breaking up. 

While growing up, Swift set the example for the young girls around me. 

Instead of showing girls how to respect men and set an example of how to have a healthy relationship, Swift only sends the message that unstable, sporadic relationships are okay because you can make money off of the break-up. 

Where does this lead her audience?

While this may not be Swift’s intention when she writes songs about her past relationships, there seems to be a hint of manipulation when the artist has a track record of using breakups with men to
make money. 

Now, as Swift embarks on a new phase of her career with the recent release of “Lover,” people may need to recognize her misguiding behaviors and the role she plays in influencing her audience. 

Is it okay that she mistreats men in her songs and makes money off of doing so? What do the past boyfriends have to say about the accusations within the songs? 

The most powerful way to bring down a music empire that is blasting a misguiding message is to stop listening.

3 comments

  • Maybe Part 2 to this story is how she is using her influence to promote the Equality Act! This is the most dangerous thing she has done yet! The Equality Act sounds great, but is a wolf in sheep’s clothing! This act is designed to literally take awake religious freedoms and that surpasses trashing her past boyfriends! That is an “act” against Christians!

  • This article is dumb lol. She’s amazing, she teaches young girls to uplift themselves and her songs are so much more than “breakup songs” that make men out to be villains. This article is stupid and by my best judgment, I’ve come to the conclusion that the unintelligent person who wrote this article has probably only heard Taylor’s music once, never heard anything that she has had to say. Trash article. Sorry not sorry.

  • Good article. Thank you. There are two more aspects of Taylor Swift that are not healthy for girls. Swift is a bully, attacking and trashing her competitors and siccing her “Swifties” on them, all the while claiming that she is a victim of hate. She creates drama and havoc across the music industry.

    It’s a marketing strategy Swift uses to promote her brand, and it sends a very confusing and destructive message to young people.

    The other Swift message that’s not healthy: Can’t carry a tune? Can’t write superb sophisticated songs? That’s okay, instead of studying music and improving your singing skills, just take your clothes off and prance around the stage. Like Madonna. Only Madonna is much more talented.

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