June 20, 2013

Regarding the June 17 Style article “On Twitter, satire true to a certain other Swift”:

So Clara Beyer wishes that “Taylor Swift would just have a big feminist enlightenment moment in her life” so that Ms. Beyer “could listen to her songs and feel so much more secure about what [she] was endorsing.” She wants Ms. Swift to say, “I don’t let men in my life push me around.”

Ah, but Ms. Beyer doesn’t mind being the one doing the pushing, does she? She is using a Twitter account to practically bully Ms. Swift into being a “feminist” so that she won’t be bullied by men. What garbage. Ms. Swift is making money hand over fist with her act, her songs and her persona. I think Ms. Beyer should stop listening to Ms. Swift’s music if it bothers her so much.

Marguerite Crozier, Dumfries

Those who wonder why “feminist” is still a dirty word need look no further than the June 17 Style article on “Feminist Taylor Swift.”

I am a 22-year-old male who cares little for Taylor Swift’s songs. But in a culture where one can’t turn on the radio without hearing an artist bragging about something or other, her lyrics are anodyne, even refreshing.

Must everything be controversial? Can’t a 16-year-old girl enjoy a song without subjecting herself to feminist criticism?

Ms. Swift isn’t so much a symbol of patriarchal oppression as a kitten who couldn’t nibble her way out of a wet paper bag. And that’s fine. We can’t encourage every young woman to chase her dreams while at the same time carving out a special exception for Ms. Swift — who last I checked was both realizing her dream and entertaining young women.

Joshua Howell, College Station, Tex.