I am the Dragon and you call me insane? You are privy to a great becoming, but you recognize nothing. To me, you are a slug in the sun. You are an ant in the afterbirth. It is your nature to do one thing correctly. Before me, you rightly tremble. But, fear is not what you owe me. You owe me awe.
“Myself. No one’s ever gonna beat me. I don’t care for reviews because no one can say anything that even comes near to what I say about myself. I don’t ever relax, and I don’t care about what people say. I will always say something worse about myself.”
“‘We show off our different scarlet letters/Trust me, mine is better’ is the sharpest couplet Taylor has ever written, except maybe the others in this song. I have no idea why she left a song this urgent and glittery and perfect off her album (it’s a bonus track), but geniuses are weird. New Romantics is where she really indulges all that Eighties synth-pop she warned us about, with a mascara-smudged nod to the New Romantic scene that gave us Duran Duran and Adam Ant. (Does Tay own Visage records? She can have mine.) It’s the best song the Pet Shop Boys never wrote — it could have been the fourth-best song on Actually, or third-best on Behavior. She plays it cool vocally — she even sings “We’re all bored,” when boredom is maybe the least Tay of emotions. But then that chorus hits and she’s inside the mirror ball, on a floor where the lights and boys are blinding and playing cool won’t cut it anymore. I thought I was Taylor’s hugest fan, but I never imagined she had a tune like this in her.” —Rob Sheffield’s Top 25 Songs of 2014, Rolling Stone
I think that feminism has existed for centuries and we are not the first generation to embrace feminism and we won’t be the last. I think that there is some sort of solace to be found in the idea of joining together with people who have a similar goal as you. Just like any radical movement, as feminism used to be interpreted as, you find family, and you find relatability, and you find people with the same intentions as you fighting for the same cause as you and it brings people together. I don’t think there’s anything negative to be found about it. I think that we’re making incredible progress and I think the steps we are making in the mainstream in feminism is going to be incredibly essential for the long road we have ahead.
“We grow up, and we go trough school and all those years kind of thinking that we need to be like everyone else. And everyone is trying so hard to be the same, when that’s not how we were born and meant to be. We’re meant to be i n d i v i d u a l s. ”