Day eleven of Swiftober! This one is late because I stayed up to watch Taylor Swift on Jimmy Kimmel. PRIORITIES. Here are 13 things from 1989.

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“Welcome to New York” is the opening track to Taylor Swift’s 1989. We all know this is a HIGHLY IDEALISTIC view of New York but it’s still catchy anyway.

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If Taylor Swift were fictional, she’d be an unlikable female character. She’s beautiful, she’s ambitious, she’s petty, she’s immature, she’s dramatic, she’s boring, she goes on dates, she writes about her love life, she wears red lipstick, she’s not a feminist, she’s a feminist, THE LIST GOES ON AND ON.

Here’s something that may or may not surprise you: I wasn’t a fan of Taylor Swift at first. It was during that whole Joe Jonas drama and she wrote “Better Than Revenge”, a vicious song that slut shames. The turning point was one of my close friends who became obsessed with her and by association, I started liking her too (which is something said friend is probably regretting as all my texts are completely about unimportant Taylor Swift things).

Taylor Swift is a real life actual person (I’m pretty sure anyway) and like all real life people: she grew up. she changed. she learned. Remember when she said she wasn’t a feminist? Now she proudly states she’s a feminist. The Guardian asked about “Better Than Revenge” and she replied back, “I was 18 when I wrote that. That’s the age you are when you think someone can actually take your boyfriend. Then you grow up and realise no one take someone from you if they don’t want to leave.”

An unlikable female character is such a loaded connotation because it’s steeped in sexism. Even if you’re a likable female character, you’re still unlikable. Just google “unlikable female character” and you’ll get brilliant posts. Taylor Swift is the subject of acclaim and derision: it seems like people often love or hate her passionately. The most important thing to remember though? She’s HUMAN. We are made up of so many mistakes. A perfect person does not exist so neither does a perfect character. It’s important to have flawed characters because it shows us the complexities of human nature.

I think Taylor Swift is the perfect example of an unlikable female because even though she’s learned & still learning & trying, she is STILL UNLIKABLE. People will continue to make jokes about her dating history, lambast her for what she chooses to write songs about, call her boring and annoying. There is no way everyone is going to like Taylor Swift. But that’s okay because likability isn’t the major point when she’s unabashedly Taylor Swift and that’s her appeal.

Day eight of Swiftober! I paired some YA books with Taylor Swift songs.

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Today’s post is a littttle late because you know, real life and Internet problems and ETC! called but NEVER FEAR, day 7 of Swiftober is here! In this post, I try to make Taylor Swift’s cookies!! Alternate title: in which I realize I am not a baking goddess like Taylor Swift.

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