I don’t know when it came out but I just saw the video for Bad Blood by Taylor Swift, featuring Kendrick Lamar.
And the person that she’s got bad blood with…
IS A WOMAN!
Yes Bechdel! Yes, not all Swift’s songs have to be about a boy!
The video does look a lot like Sucker Punch with it’s lineup of oversexed, underdressed heroine’s in bralettes and stilettos.
But let’s momentarily overlook that to notice all the butt-kicking women in it.
Lily Aldridge, Zendaya, Hayley Williams, Gigi Hadid, Ellie Goulding, Hailee Steinfeld, Lena Dunham, Karlie Kloss, Serayah, Jessica Alba, Martha Hunt, Ellen Pompeo, Mariska Hargitay, Cara Delevingne, Cindy Crawford, Selena Gomez.
That’s a pretty impressive list.
In my head each of the women was approached and asked what kind of hero, what kind of look and power they’d like to have.
Who knows if that actually happened of course, but a feminist can dream, can’t she?
It isn’t perfect but it was a great surprise considering I was expecting to see Swift in a field crying in a white dress with occasional flashbacks to kissing a tall white boy with great hair. And who needs that really?