When Taylor Swift was asked by a German interviewer if she’d like to be a mother someday, the country singer-turned-pop star declined to answer, deeming it sexist.
Alluding to Ms. Swift’s upcoming 30th birthday in December, a reporter from German outlet Deutsche Presse-Agentur asked the singer, “Would you like to be a mother someday, have children?”
“I really do not think men are asked that question when they turn 30,” responded Swift, deeming the question sexist. “So I’m not going to answer that now.”
Later in the interview, Swift said that young men and women in their 20s are “looking to gain experience, try things out, fail, make mistakes.”
“I definitely plan to try and fail (at) things in my 30s as well. But I expect that in our 30s, we feel a little better of who we are. The closer I get to it, the more I feel it happens,” she noted.
Swift, who was largely apolitical before the 2018 midterm elections, addressed sexism and sexual assault in an essay she penned for Elle magazine in March, titled, “30 Things I Learned Before I Turned 30.”
“I’ve learned that society is constantly sending very loud messages to women that exhibiting the physical signs of aging is the worst thing that can happen to us,” wrote the “Me!” singer. “These messages tell women that we aren’t allowed to age. It’s an impossible standard to meet.”
She also stated that she believes all accusations of sexual assault: “It’s my opinion that in cases of sexual assault, I believe the victim,” she wrote.
“Coming forward is an agonizing thing to go through,” the essay continued. “I know because my sexual assault trial was a demoralizing, awful experience. I believe victims because I know firsthand about the shame and stigma that comes with raising your hand and saying ‘This happened to me.’ It’s something no one would choose for themselves. We speak up because we have to, and out of fear that it could happen to someone else if we don’t.”
Swift previously claimed she was assaulted backstage in 2013 by former radio host and DJ David Mueller. In August 2017, a Denver jury sided with Swift, determining that the pop singer was assaulted and battered by Mueller during a meet and greet.
“A year ago, I was not playing in a stadium in Tampa, I was in a courtroom in Denver, Colorado. I was there for a sexual assault case. This is the day,” Swift told a massive audience in August 2018, “the jury sided in my favor and said that they believed me.”
Again, the musical talent broadened her experience to the increasingly political anti-sexual harassment #MeToo campaign.
”I guess I just think about all the people that weren’t believed, and the people who haven’t been believed, or the people who are afraid to speak up because they think that they won’t be believed,” she told her fans. “I just wanted to say I’m sorry to anyone who ever wasn’t believed because I don’t know what turn my life would have taken if somebody didn’t believe me when I said something had happened to me.”
As noted by The Daily Wire on Tuesday, the Grammy Award winner said her new tunes will feature “political undertones.”
“I definitely think there are political undertones in the new music I made,” Swift said. “I’m not planning to stop encouraging young people to vote and to try to get them to talk about what’s going on in our country. I think that’s one of the most important things I could do.”