THE VILLAGE VOICE
The people who need to hear this — men in powerful positions, men who stand silent when they overhear sexist comments, men who do not report abuse they know is happening, women who brush off these warnings — aren’t listening. You cannot return all of this knowledge to where it was before, stuck in the whispers and the warnings of women.
For her entire career, Taylor Swift has viewed herself the way she did when she was fifteen years old: uncomfortable, awkward, and unpopular — an underdog in an industry of beauty queens. Of course, Taylor Swift isn’t an underdog, but it’s unclear if she knows that.
I don’t like Tom Petty. I need him. It’s hard for me to write about how important Tom Petty’s music has been to my life because it feels like writing an appreciation of air. RIP Dude
That aloof uncertainty keeps the song from hitting any of the emotional notes that make a Taylor Swift song great.
Can we all just agree to take her seriously now?
In the cultural climate of 2017, we pay special attention to anything addressing the political realm, but what has made Del Rey so relatable has been the emotional core of her songs.
"Put the album on repeat and your body will internalize it like a circadian rhythm.