Taylor Swift made one thing very clear long ago: she is not here for sexism. While she may have let some jokes slide in the past, in 2021 she’s done. In another step towards rightly reclaiming her narrative, she’s called out a “deeply sexist joke” in Netflix’s new hit-series Ginny & Georgia.
The new show, which is one of the platform’s most-streamed series right now, follows the development of a mother-daughter relationship: 15-year-old Ginny Miller and her 30-year-old mother, Georgia Miller. In one scene, the pair argue about relationships. When her mother asks her if she’s broken up with her boyfriend, Ginny replies: “What do you care? You go through men faster than Taylor Swift.”
Swift didn’t waste any time in letting her thoughts be known about the joke via Twitter.
Hey Ginny & Georgia, 2010 called and it wants its lazy, deeply sexist joke back. How about we stop degrading hard working women by defining this horse shit as FuNnY. Also, @netflix after Miss Americana this outfit doesn’t look cute on you 💔 Happy Women’s History Month I guess pic.twitter.com/2X0jEOXIWp
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) March 1, 2021
As Swift’s insightful Netflix documentary Miss Americana showed us all, being a young woman in the music industry is no easy feat. Case in point: the #FreeBritney campaign is a prime example of how the media is over vilifying women in the public eye for personal gain. The recent release of the New York Times’s documentary, Framing Britney Spears, has put a spotlight on the gross treatment – from slut-shaming to being painted as a bad mother – of women in the industry.
Recently, Swift lost the rights to her own masters meaning she’s been spending the past few months re-recording her own music. In 2019, her contract with Big Machine Label Group expired and she signed a new deal with Republic Records and Universal Music Group. The move led to former Big Machine label boss Scott Borchetta and music mogul Scooter Braun acquiring her music. “There’s no reason it should cause me so much pain, but all of a sudden it felt like something I had been through. I think that happens any time you’ve been in a 15-year relationship and it ends in a messy, upsetting way,” Swift recently said of ending her long-term contract.
As ever, Swift turned the heartbreak into hit-records. This year, she’s given us not one, but two incredible albums: Folklore and Evermore. And ending her contract inspired two new tracks: “My Tears Ricochet” and “Mad Woman.” Swift may be successfully reclaiming her own narrative, but as a woman today she shouldn’t have to.
Originally published on Vogue.co.uk