Host Alexandra Lydia discusses the genius of Taylor Swift and how her music sparked a major “aha” moment in recognizing the inherent value and worth of her voice.
“Taylor Swift became THE standard. Taylor was 16 when her first album came out, and people cared what she had to say. If she could do it, so could I. She taught me that my voice was valuable outside of my living room; that I deserved to be taken seriously and that writing about the boy who broke my heart didn't make me any less of a serious writer than others.
When I was 19 I was in a song pitch in Nashville. I introduced myself, said, "My name is Alex, I'm 19 years old and this is a song about a boy who broke my heart and walked away like it was nothing." An old guy in the back snorted and said, "this should be interesting," brushing me off as some stupid little girl with nothing worthwhile to say. But guess whose song was picked up by the publisher? My stupid little song about a boy who broke my heart.
Learning the power of my voice, my words and my experiences was my first major feminist breakthrough. When I dared to say, "You know what? What I have to share is valuable" I became intensely aware of all the ways myself and other women were silenced--in the church, the classroom, the government, the home, etc.
Taylor was my first feminist ‘aha’ moment.”