First, if you haven't heard Lorde's Royals yet, which seems unlikely, have a listen (it's really good):
Second, Lorde — who is 16, by the way — is stirring up some controversy by declaring herself a feminist (good!) and going after fellow pop stars she perceives as being un-feminist (mmm, not so good).
Here's a sample:
“I think women who say, ‘No, I’m not a feminist — I love men,’ I think that is just… You don’t know what it means. You think it means that, ‘I don’t shave under my arms, I burn my bras. F— men!’ How could you be so uneducated, and so unwilling to learn about something which is so important to you? Taylor Swift is so flawless, and so unattainable, and I don’t think it’s breeding anything good in young girls. ‘I’m never going to be like Taylor Swift, why can’t I be as pretty as Lorde?’ That’s fucking bullshit."
I love that she wants to take down the notion of angry, man-hating feminists at her age. But I also feel like criticizing Taylor Swift for her supposed "flawlessness" isn't helping matters. It "others" Swift and creates that horrible dichotomy that Dove has worked so hard to cultivate — The Real Woman and the Fake Woman. No woman is a fake woman, and no one type of woman is any more real than any other.
I'm not criticizing Lorde. She's 16, she's fairly new to this and she's in a bit of a "mind = blown" phase, which is awesome. But I worry about the form a lot of her criticism is taking. She needs to attack the industry or the perception and not the women themselves.
You can say, "Taylor Swift seems so perfect to little girls, and they need to realize that she's human like everybody else, and so am I. The image put forth by the industry is not reality."
Again, though, awesome to have a talented, feminist teenage pop star.