Questing the “Good Girl”
The sweet and innocent girl who once sang songs like “Teardrops on my Guitar” and “Love Story” has completely changed shape in her newest album 1989. Taylor Swift has transformed her image with the release of her music video of “Bad Blood.” With fight scenes and violence, one might think she is trying to prove that women are strong and can have masculine qualities; however, her choice to scatter purses and make-up items throughout the fight scenes and training could deter the viewer from observing the feminine-masculinity and perceiving a more petty and typical girl fight.
Primping and Prepping
In the first fight scene alone, Taylor puts on lipstick in between punching and kicking the bad guys, and Selena looks into a compact mirror and blows powder into Taylor’s face. Mixing in the uses of make-up and fighting sends a mixed message. Although on one end, it could reflect girl power by reminding the viewer throughout the video that a girl can be both feminine and still be put in situations that are mainly seen as a masculine role in Hollywood today, but on the other end, as I see it, I am reminded of what many people still see girls as, which is a person who can’t truly get their hands dirty because they are always trying to primp and prep.
Fighting Like a Girl
The attempt at strengthening a woman by trying to step away from passive aggressive fights and moving towards more physical actions has been deluded by the feminine items shown. When watching the video, I was disappointed because I saw Taylor adding a negative connotation to what it looks like to fight like a girl. Men wouldn’t be seen putting on cologne between the fights, and I think if women are striving for equality then they shouldn’t be shown as figures that always have make-up and purses on them. These items detract from the overall message of feminine-masculinity and leave the viewer with negative ideas towards what it means to be feminine.