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This article was interesting because it recalls how Taylor Swift is one of the most successful female musicians today (“11th highest-earning person in showbusiness…at US$57 million”), and does not “dress up as a naughty schoolgirl in her videos, take drugs or sing semi-covertly about blow jobs”.
It was just a little bit inspiring to have this brought to attention in the midst of the frequently occurring opposite within this industry and media.
It’s nice to find an example where a woman is not taking her clothes of to be successful, because that is sickening to repeatedly iterate so that it becomes a myth of contemporary culture and is mimicked in the younger generation via social media. This point ties into the previous article I posted here featuring Emma Watson who said that modern teenagers are losing their “naivety” younger than ever thanks to Facebook and Instagram, and that because they’ve grown up with Facebook, Twitter and reality TV, it seems so normal to all of them now. “The idea of no privacy has become the norm.”
This idea of ‘ideas seeming normal’, for a start, is an example of Hegemony. The consequences of being born into it (like a fish born into water) makes it more difficult to see that this is a social construct, and is not natural.
The way it has affected the behaviour of some teenagers is depicted in the new film Emma Watson is in - The Bling Ring (which is based on true events), and her character is described in the article as “self-obsessed…dressing up in little more than underwear and pole dancing in Paris Hilton’s house.”
A huge motivator in obstruct moral judgement for the real-life offenders was their interest in fame.