Taylor Swift shuts down sexist interview question about 'settling down' when she turns 30
Taylor Swift has responded brilliantly to a sexist question from an interviewer, who asked her whether or not she would be having kids soon given that she was approaching her 30th birthday.
During an appearance on German news agency Deutsche Press-Agentur, the ME! Singer was asked if the birthday, which she will celebrate in December, will be a “turning point” and if she would like to be a mother “one day”.
Swift, who has been dating British actor Joe Alwyn since 2017, refused to answer the question, which she suggested had only been asked of her because she is a woman.
"I really don't think that men would be asked this question when they turn 30,” she replied.
“So I'm not going to answer that now."
Swift went on to explain what turning 30 means to her.
"I hear others say that in your 30s you don't have as much stress and anxiety in your life as in your 20s, and I can add the observation that we in our 20s are on the search, to gain experience, try things out, fail, make mistakes.
"And I definitely plan to try and fail things in my 30s as well. But I expect that in our 30s we know a bit better about who we are. The closer I get to it, the more I feel that that's what will happen. I hope it will!"
The singer reflected on turning 30 earlier this year in a piece for Elle magazine in which she listed 30 things she’s learned.
While she didn’t address her personal life in the piece, Swift mused on how women are viewed differently by society as they age.
“I’ve learned that society is constantly sending very loud messages to women that exhibiting the physical signs of ageing is the worst thing that can happen to us,” she wrote.
“These messages tell women that we aren’t allowed to age. It’s an impossible standard to meet”.
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Swift went on to praise actor Jameela Jamil for being “outspoken” on the topic.
“Reading her words feels like hearing a voice of reason amongst all these loud messages out there telling women we’re supposed to defy gravity, time, and everything natural in order to achieve this bizarre goal of everlasting youth that isn’t even remotely required of men.”