Taylor Swift shut down a sexist question from an interviewer in the best way possible
Look what you made her do. Taylor Swift refused to answer a sexist question during one of her interviews and her response was so graceful, firm, and to the point. The exchange will make you pump your fist in the air and remind you why Swift is forever the queen of your heart (don’t worry, I’ve got one million more where that came from).
The incident went down on the German television station RTL, when the interviewer asked the 29-year-old singer if she planned to settle down anytime soon and have a child with her boyfriend Joe Alywn. According to The Whisp, Swift responded: “I really doubt men get asked the same question when they turn 30. I’m not going to answer that question.”
So, yup, that’s exactly how to handle a question that’s completely gendered and sexist and implying that Swift’s priorities should be marriage and motherhood right now.
Swift has been outspoken about the sexist way some media outlets have covered her life. Remember when every gossip magazine article used to be about which guy she was dating now, with the heavy implication that she was tearing through men and constantly heartbroken? Well, Swift told Esquire in a 2014 interview, that’s a pretty big double standard.
“Take Beyonce: She’s incredibly talented, gorgeous, perfect role model for girls, empowering women all over the world. ‘Yeah, but…let’s try to pick at her marriage,’” she explained. “I think that every celebrity has that. And predominantly women, unfortunately…I would date someone, figure out we weren’t compatible or figure out we didn’t work out, and then we’d break up. That seems like a very normal thing for a young 20-something to do, and that is my biggest scandal.”
The whole gossip mill thing got so bad that Swift made the decision to put the breaks on her love life for a little while.
“I really didn’t like the whole serial-dater thing. I thought it was a really sexist angle on my life,” she said. “And so I just stopped dating people, because it meant a lot to me to set the record straight—that I do not need some guy around in order to get inspiration, in order to make a great record, in order to live my life, in order to feel okay about myself.”
Hopefully other interviewers will avoid sexist questions in the future and focus on morse substantive stuff like Swift’s newfound political involvement, that very dreamy pastel music video, and WHEN THE NEXT SONG IS COMING OUT.