January 11, 2013

It’s incontrovertible proof that mainstream culture offers a million, billion reasons every day why being a woman is fucked, but this is aggressively grody even by the standards of your average celebrity gossip rag. In the wake of Taylor Swift’s breakup with Harry Styles, the well-coiffed Real Doll from One Direction, the ever trustworthy anonymous rumor mill is claiming it’s because she wouldn’t put out enough.

“While it was clear she obviously had a thing for Harry, Taylor didn’t want to put out as often as he would’ve liked. Harry is a young boy, with ladies throwing themselves at him and has had a string of relationships with older women,” a tiny shrew told Radar Online. “It’s no secret he’s sexually active and is enjoying his fame at the moment. But Taylor just wasn’t up for it as much as he is. They were sexually incompatible.” Also: “What she doesn’t get is that the guys keep dumping her because she’s being a prude.”

It shouldn’t require stating why this is an awful double-standard. If she was sleeping around too much, she’d be a whore (unlike Styles, who’s merely being a dude); because she’s sleeping around too little, she’s a prude. Granted, the pages of your typical gossip mag aren’t the best places to find nuanced discussion of gender roles, but it’s the subtle knife that cuts the deepest, the implication here being that “if you don’t fuck, you can’t hold on to your One Direction boyfriend.” Like that won’t resonate with an easily influenced anyone? I don’t know what getting mad accomplishes, but ugh, I don’t know, it’s gross. Super shuddery and gross. It’s Friday, too, so let your outrage wheels spin you off into the weekend.

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