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A Memento Insight by @brandon for The Mastermind of the Anti-Hero: Taylor’s Response to the Patriarchy | Taylor Swift
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Event (Gab Session): The Mastermind of the Anti-Hero: Taylor’s Response to the Patriarchy
Event Date: 2023-01-09
Drop Date: 2023-01-09
Remarkist World: Taylor Swift
Number of Editions: 10
In October 2022, Swift stated that “Anti-Hero” is part of a release of songs that are a “guided tour” of her insecurities. Midnights, she intimated, is about her delving into issues that would keep her up all night such as self-loathing. Two of these songs at first glance are only initially concerning from a relational psychology perspective and as a fan who cares and wants her to have a handle on her mental health. She’s a prominent mouthpiece in pop culture so as the globe sings along to ‘it's my Covert Narcissism disguised as altruism.’ It posited here that this self-disclosure should be balanced by the track, ‘Mastermind’. While she confesses to scheming in setting up her crushes in such a way they are seemingly manipulated, its actually not pathologically Covert, or as suggested here,Machiavellian Narcissism. Instead its a chess move reaction to the patriarchal system by which womxn are treated as disposable. She's different, she reveals, because she actually cares.
Various prominent psychologists have suggested that the person in the song is the victim of the actual narcissist, the ‘beast’, the Anti-hero, of ‘Beauty and the’ fame, who convinced her of the lie that if she loves him hard enough, he will turn into a prince. Anti-Hero is the song of the victim of narc abuse, who quite frequently get convinced by their partner that they are the problem, and worse often,that they are the narcissist, often the covertversion. In Taylor’s version she proclaims that while she may be the victim of many of her songs and situations, she’s different as a woman now awakening to the manipulation that’s dragged her career, and she's no longer just lost cause, but the counter aggressor, fighting through the disordered oppression operating as a Mastermind with her own strategy and cunning, as ‘each wise girl has had to do.’
Love exploring shared experiences via the small-town charm of Stars Hollow or the supernatural mysteries of Sunnydale. Also a big fan of David Lynch's surrealist masterpieces and the meta humor of Community. Movies and TV shows which transcendently reflect society and culture.
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