Taylor Swift Probably Thinks You’re Sexist — And Here’s Why

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Ever since Taylor Swift began to music, critics and fans alike have all, at one point, joked about the songstress’ recurring ex-boyfriends motif found within her songs. Well, according to Swift, you’re pretty sexist if you think that way.

Appearing on Australia’s 2DayFM Jules, Merrick and Sophie breakfast show Monday, the “Shake It Off” crooner calls out those who pokes fun at how she always chooses to sing about her exes, explaining to the radio DJs that she simply has just written music about her life.

“My first album came out when I was 16, so I would write about my life as I saw it, as I felt it. And then what happens is as you get more successful, which you’re lucky if that happens, you have more and more people paying attention to what you’re doing and you’ve been doing it the same way your entire career as a songwriter, but all of a sudden the perspective has changed,” she says. “They use kind of you writing songs about your life as a way to play detective. And for me, I have a really strict personal policy that I never name names, so anybody saying that a song is about a specific person is purely speculating.”

The 24-year-old who has rumored to have written songs about famous exes like Joe Jonas, Taylor Lautner, John Mayer, Jake Gyllenhaal and Harry Styles, points out that it’s a double standard to assume she only writes songs about her former beaus.

“You’re going to have people who are gonna say, ‘Oh you know, like she just writes songs about her ex-boyfriends,’ and I think, frankly, that’s just a very sexist angle to take,” she explains.

No one says that about Ed Sheeran. No one says it about Bruno Mars,” Swift, who recently proclaimed that she identifies as a feminist, argues. “They’re all writing about their exes, their current girlfriends, their love life and no one raises a red flag there.”

According to Swift, her upcoming album, 1989, is more about a sense of “independence and freedom.”

“It’s about me moving to New York and kind of living my life on my own terms,” she says. “It’s been such a joy to make this album.”