Taylor Swift has always marketed herself as “different” than other pop stars: less sexual, more innocent, sweeter, cleaner, more “normal.” This is a woman who openly aspires to be a role model, who didn’t take a drink until she was 21 because of “all the moms and little girls who would have thought less of me,” who publicly repudiates casual sex—“Where’s the romance? …I’m just not that girl”—and says things like “I love cleaning.” (Do your chores, kids! Just like Taylor Swift!) It’s hard to imagine anyone else who could get away with claiming that she “smells like innocence.” But that implicitly requires her to contrast herself with what “that girl” is, to be “good” by pointing out who’s “bad:” the sluts, the popular girls, the dirty girls. By utilizing hyper-sexualized caricatures of black women to point up her own “innocence,” she’s added an ugly flavor of racial fetishization and stereotyping to her good-girl shtick, which makes it both more visible and more offensive. But it’s not a departure from her previous choices; it’s an extension.
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