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My Journey Into the Glittering, Hollow Heart of Taylor Swift Fandom

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The first time I laid eyes on Taylor Swift, watching one of those Grammy announcement specials she used to co-host with LL Cool J, I had a viscerally negative reaction. What was it about this young woman’s manner of expression that triggered an instant flashback to the mean girls in the middle school cafeteria, a  memory of the one era of my life I would probably not return to for any amount of money? But then she took out her guitar and began to sing, and I grudgingly admitted: the song was well done, the singer talented.
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Hannity Outdoes Himself — Compares Jay Z’s Music to the Confederate Flag

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Sean Hannity — in case you didn’t remember — is someone they let appear on a national cable news channel. This is a cold hard fact (and one that, despite the Fox News Channel being a lowly place, still surprises at times), despite the other cold, hard fact that last night, he said that if we’re banning the Confederate flag, we should also ban Jay Z, Beyoncé and Prince essentially equating a symbol fraught with America’s history of hate with some of the most important black musicians and icons. 
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Ariana Grande Quotes Gloria Steinem: This Is What Beyoncé Feminism™ Looks Like

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Yesterday, Ariana Grande posted an essay across her social media accounts, about the double standards she’s facing now that her relationship with Big Sean has ended. Culminating with a Gloria Steinem quote, the piece finds the 21-year-old pop star big-upping her feminist lineage and railing against the way women are so often defined in relation to the men they’re involved with. At her most poignant (the historically modest) Grande declares, “If a woman TALKS about sex openly … she is shamed! But if a man talks or RAPS freely about all the women (or more commonly used ‘bitches’ / hoes’ … how lovely) he’s had … he is regaled.”
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