Taylor Swift Calls Out Music Business "Slut Shaming" & Double Standards

October 31, 2019
Taylor Swift attends the 2019 InStyle and Warner Bros. 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards Post-Party

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Taylor Swift said she struggled against sexism and criticism over her romantic life during the early days of her career on Wednesday, Entertainment Tonight reports. Swift sat down with Zane Lowe of Apple Music's Beat 1 podcast, and said she felt that her talent as a songwriter was glossed over in favor of her latest romantic escapade, which she says was a form of slut-shaming. "It's a way to take a woman who's doing her job and succeeding at doing her job and making things, and -- in a way -- it's figuring out how to completely minimize that skill," she said. She also said that women in the music industry are often criticized for "wanting love, wanting money, wanting success," adding, "Women are not allowed to want those things the way that men are allowed to want them." Swift now appreciates things like the #MeToo Movement, because "we're looking at ourselves as a society and we're looking at internalized misogyny. We're looking at the way we treat critiquing women's bodies."