Taylor Swift’s Feminine Quandary

Taylor Swift at the American Movie Awards in Los Angeles, November 24, 2019. (Danny Moloshok/Reuters)
The pressures Swift faces are more asphyxiating than those that squeezed the life out of many male predecessors.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I t looked a bit comical from a distance when Kanye West bigfooted Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards with his “Imma let you finish” interposition. But Swift, then 19, was genuinely crushed: “I thought that they were booing me,” she explains now. Of course! A male artist would have allowed his aggression to surge, gotten angry, ordered Ye to step off, bro. Swift, though, is definitively feminine. She is eager, indeed anxious, about being pleasing. “For someone who has built their whole belief system on getting people to clap for you,” she says, “the whole crowd booing

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