Taylor Swift's Feminist Twitter Account Blows Up

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Taylor Swift has taken some flack from feminists in the past for her rather romantic songwriting, but now she's getting a very different sort of attention.

The singer/songwriter is the focus of a parody account on Twitter that was created by a fan and uses variations on her lyrics to send a positive feminist message. Clara Beyer says she's not making fun of Swift with her posts; rather, she's taking popular music that she herself likes and giving it a new spin.

“I’m not the only one who enjoys her music but feels uncomfortable with some of the messages,” said Beyer. “I couldn’t do this if I didn’t know all of our lyrics, it takes a fan to be able to do this."

Beyer created the account with a friend; when it was done, she had 300 followers. The next day, she says, she woke up to find she'd amassed over 6,000.

“You were Romeo / I was a scarlet letter / Because I’ve had like, 6 boyfriends / Which isn’t even that many / Slut shaming is a real problem” reads one tweet. Another says, “She wears short skirts / I wear t-shirts / Neither of us is asking for it”. Swift herself hasn't commented on the page, but has said that she doesn't consider herself a feminist, and many agree with her. As the girl who is known for writing songs about her ex-boyfriends, Swift has garnered something of a bad rep among young women.

“I don’t really think about things as guys versus girls. I never have. I was raised by parents who brought me up to think if you work as hard as guys, you can go far in life,” she told The Daily Beast.

But Beyer says she thinks that a young woman who has taken control over her career and become such a success is a positive role model to feminists everywhere.

Amanda Crum
Amanda Crum is a writer and artist from Kentucky. She's a fan of Edward Gorey, Hunter S. Thompson, and horror movies. You can follow her on Google:+Amanda Crum

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