Perhaps you've noticed more conversations about Taylor Swift of late. I mean, there are always conversations about Taylor Swift, and there always will be, as long as she is bankrolling Chipotle runs, decorating her penthouse with a "fish tank filled with vintage baseballs," or taking her cat for a walk.
But she's all over the news now, with a best-selling album, a fight with Spotify, a Taylor Swift Experience app and so forth. There are also conversations about her body and general health, which means … well, it just means that I have to post about it on the health blog, I guess?
(Editor's note: Yes)
(Reporter's note: ughhhhhhhhhhhhhh)
Okay! Let's break this down and see if we can figure out why I'm spending my Friday focused on Taylor Swift's body mass index instead of spending it watching this otter play basketball, like a normal human being.
Why are we here?
Diplo tweeted something about Taylor Swift! It was a thing, because Diplo, a DJ and music producer, is an actual human being that people care about. (As is Taylor Swift.) This is Diplo, if you weren't already familiar. I think it's pretty dope, but I can see how it might not be your jam. Anyway, here's what he tweeted:
Someone should make a kickstarter to get taylor swift a booty
— BABY DADDY (@diplo) November 12, 2014
He kept this going, like so:
— Nick (@armonyo) November 12, 2014
Finally, Lorde jumped in, because apparently Lorde is the hero we have been waiting for.
What is body shaming?
Uh … Body shaming is when shame a person because of what his or her body looks like. You shouldn't do it. Just … don't do it. Don't be a Diplo.
What is wrong with Taylor Swift's body?
Sigh, look man, I'm not an expert on this. I think people have different body types, and you should probably just do you and not worry about it.
Like, I'd describe myself as a naturally scrawny human, even with somewhat lackluster health habits. I've just always been that way, it's not something I can really help.
You know what is super annoying, though? When people point that out. When people ask me about how I'm eating during meals. When people make assumptions.
And I'm just a regular human being, who is only interacting with well-meaning friends and family.
Imagine how Taylor Swift feels, with headlines like "‘Starving’ To Be Skinny? Taylor Swift’s Shrinking Frame Under Fire – Top Docs Weigh In." Probably not great!
The point, I suppose, is that the way we talk about how other people look matters. Even on Twitter.
"Women’s bodies seem to be picked apart like chickens," Robyn Silverman, author of "Good Girls Don’t Get Fat: How Weight Obsession Is Messing Up Our Girls & How We Can Help Them Thrive Despite It," told Yahoo.
She added: "These body shaming messages tell people that your parts are more important than the whole person, you are only as good as the sum of your parts and no matter what you look like you will be critiqued. It’s no wonder that many women develop scripts inside their heads that tell them they are not good enough as they are and no matter what, they never will be."
Swift has discussed her workouts before, and her eating habits. Here's Swift talking about what she consumes, via WebMD:
"During the week, I try to eat healthily, so that means salads, yogurt, and sandwiches," she says. "No sugary drinks. I try to keep it lighter, but it's nothing too regimented or crazy. I don't like to create too many rules where I don't need them. We know what's good for us, thanks to common sense." On the weekends, "I allow myself to eat what I know from common sense is bad for me," she says with a giggle. "I like comfort foods. I love a burger and fries, I love ice cream so much, and I love baking cookies. Actually, I love baking anything."
She also once told Bon Appétit that she always has Diet Coke in her fridge "Because it understands me." And she wears lipstick when she runs, which is the only part of her life I feel qualified to comment on. (I am fine with it.) (Probably a very smart move for someone who takes a lot of pictures!) (Good thinking, Taylor.)
Do you have anything else to add on this?