- Taylor Swift published a live performance of The Man in Paris while fans sang along with gusto.
- E! News said the live music video will empower you to conquer all. But the message behind The Man is hardly subversive.
- In fact, its exactly how The Man has been keeping women down.
Taylor Swifts fans are pumped for the eventual release of her official music video for The Man. Some sources say that will be on International Womens Day March 8.
Thats ironic, because Swifts song isnt about celebrating women (just like Only The Young isnt about celebrating the youth).
Its about envying men. And also promoting toxic masculinity to impressionable young fans.
Taylor Swift Is The Man
Taylor Swift is doing the same thing as those notorious Virginia Slims ad campaigns did in the 1920s by promoting cigarettes to suffragettes. So they could be liberated like the men.
That impoverished notion of liberation literally got millions of women killed from tobacco use. Taylor Swifts message in The Man is figuratively just as cancerous.
While fans await the official video, Swift stirred the pot with one of an acoustic live performance of The Man. Its from her City of Lovers concert in Paris last Fall.
Unsurprisingly, the video is racking up the views on YouTube since it went up Sunday. Rolling Stone hailed the performance of the propulsive song.
E! News said the performance will empower you to conquer all.
But Taylor Swifts supposedly feminist anthem proves you dont need a Y-chromosome to be The Man. Its rife with the cultural programming The Man has been using to keep people down (and turn them into mindless consumers) since the advent of mass media.
How The Man Keeps You Down
Taylor Swift is The Man, and shes the one keeping you down. | Source: JStone/Shutterstock.com
In the songs lyrics, Swift grieves the life that could have been, if only she had been a man. Whats she missing out on? Being respected instead of looked down upon for sleeping around, getting b****es, getting away with being rude and bad.
Is that the best feminism has to offer in 2020? Men are pigs, too bad Im not one because Id be the most beastly of them all?
Thats an ugly way to portray men, and a terrible message for women if its true. But heres how its also what The Man wants you to think.
Consumer culture thrives on creating discontent by manipulating our capacity for envy and fear. Mass media teaches us to be dissatisfied with ourselves and our lot in life and to desire the unattainable.
We cant attain the impossible dreams that bombard our eyes and ears, but we can buy the product in the ad next to the dream as a substitute for it.
Taylor Swift is The Man. That makes her the one thats keeping you down.
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of CCN.com.
This article was edited by Josiah Wilmoth.
Last modified: February 18, 2020 10:12 PM UTC