I Think It’s Time For Taylor Swift To Grow Up

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Look, I'm all for a positive female role model who can sell music without taking her clothes off and singing about sex.

But I'm starting to get frustrated with Taylor Swift's unwillingness to embrace adulthood and transition her music, as well as her attitude, so that it actually reflects her age and the fact that she's a woman. Yep, a woman. Not a girl, not a teenager, but a real live 22-year old woman. Despite the fact she's growing up, she seems determined to remain in this constant state of adolescence and innocence when it comes to her music.

This morning she went on The Today Show and discussed her upcoming role in The Lorax as well as how growing up has affected her music.

One of my “favorite” quotes from the interview:

“I'll never have the moment where I'm like, ‘I'm a woman, now, guys, I'm only going to write dark songs and I'm going to dance in my bra all the time,'” she said. “That's not really me.”

While many people may applaud her chastity and sobriety and proclaim that's she a beacon of innocence and light among all the “dark” performers out there, I can't join in on the accolade parade. Although she says in the interview she's ready to start embracing a more mature sound, the interview and the quote above makes it sound like growing up hasn't really affected her at all. At least the persona she chooses to portray to the public.

The whole sweet and innocent schtick was cute at first — and almost believable. Sure Taylor, you were the high school loser, write about that. But now it's just getting old. She's 22, she's dated the notorious womanizer John Mayer, she's been famous for several years. Surely that's changed her outlook on life by now. Surely she has something more interesting to write about than G-rated topics like the material covered in her Grammy-winning song “Mean.”

You, with your words like knives and swords and weapons that you use against me
You have knocked me off my feet again got me feeling like I'm nothing
You, with your voice like nails on a chalkboard, calling me out when I'm wounded
You, pickin' on the weaker man

Well, you can take me down with just one single blow
But you don't know what you don't know

Someday I'll be living in a big old city
And all you're ever gonna be is mean
Someday I'll be big enough so you can't hit me
And all you're ever gonna be is mean

Why you gotta be so mean?

If she was actually 13, this kind of music would be authentic. But she's not and at this point it's just coming off as fake as well as calculated. The music, the “oh goodness, did I really win, this big ‘ole Grammy” shock faces, and the interviews. How long can she really pull this off and how long will fans buy it? Does anyone want to see a middle-aged woman singing about the perils of young love?

I don't find her choice not to dance her in her bra brave, I find it boring. Because, guess what, the average 22-year-old has danced around in her bra. She's been to dark places and that's what she wants to hear about when she's listening to music. Not about another time some big meanie broke Taylor Swift's fragile heart. It's time for Taylor Swift to embrace her age and embrace her experiences and grow up.

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