Does Taylor Swift already have a new boyfriend with English ginger Ed Sheeran?

Does Taylor Swift already have a new boyfriend? SCANDAL. Swifty and Conor Kennedy just broke up, according to a piece in Us Weekly last week. And now there are some reports that Swifty has gotten “increasingly close” to British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran, a 21-year-old ginger who is probably most well-known in America for his hit song “The A Team”. He’s only a year younger than Swifty, which is definitely an improvement. Anyway, coincidences and conspiracies are piling up and now it looks like Ed and Swifty might be more than friends? Evidence: they just announced that they’ll be touring together next year; they’ve been complimenting each other in the press for months; they have a duet on Swifty’s new album, Red; they were photographed together on Memorial Day, when I assume they were working on Swifty’s album; and Ed just got a tattoo of “RED” on his arm. Oh, it’s ON.

Taylor Swift might have only just broke up with 18 year-old Conor Kennedy but according to sources she is already getting close to a new man, fellow musician and collaborator Ed Sheeran.

The pair have already written music together penning duet ‘Everything Has Changed’ for Taylor’s new album and after announcing that the ‘Lego House’ singer will be joining Taylor on her 45-date tour of North America next year, insiders have reportedly told The Mirror the pair might be more than just friends and are getting “increasingly close”.

The track they wrote together, according to Taylor is “about falling in love and describes the feeling of when you first meet someone”.

They have both spent the last few months gushing about each other, with Taylor saying: “For me Ed is my absolute favourite (British artist).”

While the ‘Drunk’ singer told the Australian Hearld Sun: “As a person, Taylor’s such a sweetheart,” he said. “[She’s] the perfect example of what musicians should be and how they should work and react. She just loves music and she’s not in it for anything else.”

The claim comes after Ed spent three hours getting the name of Taylor’s new album tattooed on his arm. He took to Twitter to confirm his announce he would be on her tour yesterday: “Happy to announce that I am special guest on @taylorswift13’s tour of North America next year… gonna be bonks.”

If Ed is dating Taylor he’ll join a long list of ex boyfriends including John Mayer, Jake Gyllenhaal and Joe Jonas.

[From Entertainmentwise]

Now, would I put it past Swifty to have a cute little ginger jump-off waiting in the wings for when she was done with her high school boyfriend? No, I would not put that past her AT ALL. And I think that Ed and Taylor probably will fool around and maybe even date, if not now then when they’re on tour together. But this will end in heartbreak too. Of course. Because Swifty’s bunny-boiler vibe will freak out EVERY SINGLE DUDE SHE MEETS.

By the way, I just came across Swifty’s interview with The Daily Beast which was published last week. You can you read the full thing here (it’s meh), but I just wanted to pull a few quotes that were irritating me:

Swifty on the idea that she’s empowering women: “When people say things about me empowering women, that’s an amazing compliment. It’s not necessarily what I thought I was doing, because I write songs about what I feel. I think there’s strength when you’re baring your emotions.”

On whether she considers herself a feminist: “I don’t really think about things as guys versus girls. I never have. I was raised by parents who brought me up to think if you work as hard as guys, you can go far in life.”

On why girls look up to her: “It’s the message. I try to have a normal life and look at things in a normal way, under very abnormal circumstances. That’s always going to be my main goal, that’s always what I’m going to strive for, to be a normal human being. It’s interesting because you’re put in really abnormal situations. You have an abnormal-size microscope covering your life and everything you do. You look at the idea of being 22, that’s when you’re supposed to be out there living and being selfish and making mistakes and messing up. If I mess up once, it’s a headline everywhere.”

[Via The Daily Beast]

The feminism quote bugs. Because there’s the implicit suggestion that women who don’t go far in life are not working as hard as men, when there’s mountains of evidence proving that women can work AS hard as men (or harder) and they’ll still make less money, will be promoted less often and they have fewer paths and opportunities for success. Which is why more women should call themselves feminists – if you believe that your hard work is equal to a man’s hard work, you ARE a feminist. And men are not and should not be the “base line” with which women compare themselves.

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  1. The Original Genevieve says:

    WOW. Is she one of these serial dater chicks who simply cannot be alone for more than 24 hours?

    I really hope this post is actually just gossip not reality. If not, you need to slow your roll, Swifty!

    • Jenny says:

      Ten guys more and she will get complete material for new album. One guy=one song.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      I feel like this is symptomatic of so many child stars that achieve the height of fame at a young age. They get SO used to always having people around them (tour managers, agents, styling entourage etc) at all times, fawning over them and lavishing attention on them, that they don’t know how to be alone.

      I know it’s more than that with this chick-she DOES seem to be a serial dater but I still think that early fame is a contributing factor as to why she always needs a man.

      These young celebs need to learn that independence is a GOOD thing. Spend some time alone with your thoughts, get to know yourself and meditate a bit without all the distractions of an entourage or a romantic relationship.

      • LAK says:

        i was thinking the same thing. Many child stars spend their younger years working/fitting school around work commitments. They never have the normal childhood years that their peers have. As soon as they gain some autonomy, they start to act out the aspect of their younger selves that they feel they missed out on.It looks strange because they are adults who should have evolved past all of it but in reality they are stuck emotionally at that age.

        Professionally they can still deliver the goods but emotionally….eeeekk!! That’s why parents of child stars have to be extra vigilant in order for them to grow up normal.

      • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

        Music isn’t the universal language, desperation is. I’ve known a lot of women of a lot of stripes who GOTTA have a guy for a whole host of reasons.

  2. lori says:

    It might work out for her while they are touring together. At least she’d get to see him.?

  3. ronnie says:

    NOOOOOO. I love Ed Sheeran!!! Listen to ‘Kiss Me’ and swoon. Damnit Swifty!!! NOOOOO.

    • mollie says:

      I came in to post this exact same thing! No! Stay away from Ed! Kiss Me is my favorite Sheeran song. She must stay away!

  4. shewolf says:

    They are actually kind of perfect for one another.

    • Amelia says:

      Ehh, I beg to differ.
      Ed Sheeran is incredibly talented and shy in a very sweet way.
      Shifty is none of those things.
      Dang it, Swifty! Get your pink, sparkly claws off him, stop corrupting him with your bubblegum/faux country crap!

      • ronnie says:

        Correct. He’s uber talented and I get lost in his youtube videos all the time. it was really a smart move to put him on her tour. I would go see him and then ditch when she gets on stage. This is such a huge break. its hard to get into the US market. I would have tattooed RED on me too. This is his moment.

    • woozy says:

      I think they are a good match too.

  5. Annie says:

    How do you move on so quickly? How are you joint at the hip with someone and immediately move on to the next one in just weeks? I mean you stalk a guy and his family, buy a house next to their property… Does she scare them away or is she fickle and gets bored quickly?

    • BooBooLaRue says:

      Maybe Ed likes antiquing?

    • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

      I don’t know, I’ve always wondered that. Maybe people care less than they think they do and are in it for the cheering section. I don’t necessarily believe that there’s a One True Love for everyone on the planet, laying in wait and only revealing himself when the universe deems your folie a deux–ahem–romance is ready to bloom, but I can’t grasp having dozens of true loves, either. That doesn’t mean that people can’t enjoy each other and date around, but when you run into people who are so obsessed with reaching that end point of ‘happily ever after’ almost to the exclusion of any other interests, then ‘love’ reads like ‘means to an end’ and to reference This Mortal Coil, ‘it’ll end in tears’. Tears and album sales.

  6. Evie says:


  7. Riana says:

    Lol, he’s adorable in the guitar pic.

    I think in a non-PC world parents are going to tell their kids what they believe to be the truth. I’ve know plenty of minority parents who told their children “You have to work 3x harder than a white person to get the minimum of the opportunities they’d be offered naturally.” suggesting those who didn’t were failing themselves.

    I think that’s natural. Sadly, it’s pretty clear women’s rights are not progressing ahead as much as anyone would want and were constantly fighting for rights we won decades ago. I could see how a mother or father would sit their daughter down and tell her the hard truth in hopes to push her without intending to suggest other women don’t work hard.

  8. T.C. says:

    Standard next showmance that will feature in her album. Good to know if I work as hard as men (because women don’t work hard only men do) I will go far. /sarcasm.

  9. Victoria says:

    Scandalous! Bunny boiler status cracks me up doesn’t this make you curious about her “breakup?”

  10. Shitler says:

    & Kristen is called a “Trampire”. Taylor’s a heaux

  11. Samigirl says:

    I wish I could just take her under my wing and let her know that she doesn’t have to have a man to keep her happy. She’s a pretty girl, and I used to like her, but her low self esteem and pettyness is really getting on my nerves. Ok, relationships fail. It’s part of life…deal with it. And until you are TRULY happy with yourself, you will never be in a happy, sucessful relationship. Wise words from a gal that used to be just like you, Swifty.

  12. LAK says:

    Women who claim NOT to be feminists or talk about it it dismissively REALLY REALLY piss me off.

    You know what? If you aren’t a feminist or won’t identify as one then go back to your room [or where ever the master has designated you can sleep, your opinions are invalid because you aren’t allowed any, you can’t own anything including yourself. You are an animal just like the house pet, just feel lucky that you are treated better than the house pet. And you are required to breed with whom ever the male lord and master chooses to give you away to. Any negative bahviour is punishable and clearly your fault even if it’s the master/and his friends behaving negatively towards you.

    And that’s just the starters of what feminism released us from.

    • littlemissnaughty says:

      Yeah, I wouldn’t have put it in such angry words but that just shows how I’m already too tired for idiot girls like her. I do agree with you though.
      I think some women/girls just don’t understand what feminism is, they only know that it’s often considered a “dirty” word that automatically turns men off. Which is bs. But for Swifty, turning men away would be catastrophic, what would she tell her journal at night? The horror!
      She was very successful at a very young age and never had to deal with a lot of things that women have to deal with just because they’re women. If you make over 50 million a year, I guess equal pay isn’t an issue. Or something like that. I don’t even know.
      I’m just so tired of women trying to avoid the unsexy word feminism like it doesn’t concern them. If you disagree with equal rights, fine. But then say it.

    • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

      …SOME of us, but that’s the next chapter of the struggle. Got to start somewhere, though.

      When we make our successes, we tend to forget the harder work that prefaced our own hard work and don’t learn to bear witness to the invisible hands of privilege that assisted us outside of our time. One generation copied the key, the next unlocked the door, the next opened it, we walk through it and now we have to design tomorrow’s hoverboots.

      I’m sure she works really hard, I’m not disputing that, but if your lessons in hard work were ‘Always do your best while I buy you a record contract because that’s so much damned easier’, I’d imagine it would colour her rise to prominence, diligence on her end, or not.

    • Bluedog says:

      So anyone who disagrees with YOU has no right to an opinion, has “invalid” opinions and is an “animal”? That’s carrying it way, way too far.

      Guess that makes me an animal.

      Calm down. Rhetoric like that doesn’t advance the cause of feminism in any way whatsoever.

    • ol cranky says:

      first off, how the heck is she empowering women? she puts across this immature unicorns, fairy dust and moonbeams ideal of life and love and then retaliates against her exes by writing songs that make it seem like she’s overcome being victimized by them. None of that empowers women in any way

      Also, the only people I know who think of feminism as “guys vs girls” are those trying to protect/maintain a (often biblical based) patriarchy. Feminism is about ensuring that women have the same right of self-determinism and control over their lives and bodies as men do and isn’t about pitting women against men.

      • teehee says:

        Exactly— misuses of the feminist rights and privledges (so to rhetorically speak) is nothing to fight for. She comes across as a nitwit; at least she doesnt distort feminism into some uber-exploitation of herself and her body like about 90% of the rest of mislead women, but still serial dating and neediness are things that embarass women who arent like her.

        And for the people attacking those with different opinions: GET A LIFE. You’re also putting a hideous face on feminism by acting like an animal yourself.

  13. KellyinSeattle says:

    I took my elderly neighbor to a food bank yesterday, and they were trying to get rid of some donated Taylor Swift Calendars……nobody wanted them. I sat for two hours and watched and only one person took one. And they were FREE!

    • Elizabeth says:

      you are a good friend for helping your neighbor 🙂

      • Esmom says:

        Yes. But I don’t know that I’m surprised no one took them. If you’re worried about where your next meal is coming, a free Swifty calendar isn’t going to help much. 🙁

    • TheOneAndOnlyOnly says:

      Interesting observation – is this another example where the pr and marketing and the actual popularity are quite divergent?

  14. Relli says:

    well what do you know Taylor Swift is player! She totally had this potential hook up waiting in the wings before she (wisely) jumped the SS Kennedy. RESPECT.

    Kaiser, I really like how you put her feminist quote into perspective. I saw it not that long ago and found it disappointing that she viewed feminism as an anti man-hating thing, rather than a female empowerment movement. Particularly, because she has so many young woman/girls looking to her as an influence. Hopefully her view broadens as she continues to grow because you are right IRL sometimes hard work isn’t always enough.

    Quick, get her a copy of The Feminine Mystique!

  15. lila says:

    Kellen Lutz thinks Taylor Swift should hook up with Kellen Lutz. Kellen Lutz thinks Taylor looks like an overgrown praying mantis, but Kellen Lutz doesn’t mind. Kellen Lutz will put his Oscar dreams on hold to help Taylor write songs about him. Kellen Lutz will stay home to take care of all their babies with blue serial killer eyes. Because that’s the standup kind of guy kellen Lutz is.

  16. PrettyTarheelFan says:


  17. gg says:

    Watch for extreme wardrobe change in 3 … 2 … 1 …

    • EmmaStoneWannabe says:

      Next album title: “Red to Black, A Crimson Story of a Bloody Love” and then a tattoo and dark clothes..a la Amy Winehouse ..

    • Esmom says:

      THIS. I’m sure she’s already packed up her preppy Camelot-wear and is shopping for some new hipster/rocker threads so she can match this new guy.

    • anna says:

      Except she’s been dressing like this for two years now.

  18. dorothy says:

    This girl doesn’t need another boyfriend, she need counseling.

  19. dorothy says:

    This girl doesn’t need another boyfriend, she needs counseling.

  20. Saphana says:

    Maybe we shold make a list of who she hasnt dated yet, it will be way shorter than the other way round.

  21. Pigeon says:

    Over a year ago some interview had her saying, in response to suggestions that she is kind of a feminist, something like, “I’ve never really thought of that.” I was like, what?!

    A feminist believes in equality. That’s it. Simple.

    It’s not a “guys vs. girls” thing. If you believe women should be treated equal to men, that’s it: feminism. To not believe in feminism is, to me, on par with not believing in equal race rights. Everyone is equal; feminism is just a branch of that belief system.

    I don’t dislike the girl, I just don’t understand why people can’t seem to grasp that feminism is a movement for equality, just like anti-racism and LGBT rights movements. WE’RE ALL AWESOME.

    • Riana says:

      The interesting thing is that its not uncommon at all, so many girls on campus support and fight for women’s rights but shy away from the term feminist because they believe its exclusively associated with “Women hating Men.”

      I think there’s been quite a few essays on this emergence that’s happening a lot in younger generation’s view of feminism.

    • Erinn says:

      They can’t grasp it for the same reason that they can’t grasp anything else different. When people on a radical scale do ridiculous things, some legitimately hate on men, it ruins it for the people simply wanting equality. It’s the same way people who hate on religions for being evil because of the radical figures who do cruel or crazy things.

    • Esmom says:

      She lives in a bubble and doesn’t need to be concerned with issues that affect most of us. Which is too bad because she could be influential given her fan base.

  22. Stacie says:

    Probably Not ! But it’s okay if they are dating ,Taylor is YOUNG . This is what she is suppose to be doing going out and having fun , meeting new people and dating .

  23. Lili says:

    She is so ugly, really

  24. TheOneAndOnlyOnly says:

    Good one jenny and marie as someone else posted on a previous Shifty McVeneer story, these showmances are contract pr arranged to sell/shill product; now that her mo is known, i would think any guy – serious musician – would stay away from her – why be easy fodder for her next vapid crappy bubblegum cd. And i’m tired of seeing her squinty rat face in all the Target’s and Wal Marts; compare that ridic photoshopped pic of her on Glamour with candids. Everything about her is now fake and contrived.
    I agree Lili she really isn’t all that. Amazing what millions in marketing and bad taste can do.
    BTW, that second pic is odd like she’s bored beyond belief Can’t imagine any real guitar God like Hendrix, Page, Clapton, C. Berry looking bored when they were cranking it out.

    • HotPockets says:

      the marketing for her new CD is over the top! I ordered pizza the other night and her new album was on the cover of the box. A f*cking pizza box. Then I went to target and every other isle had promotional items or posters for her new album, t-shirts, calenders, birthday cards. People, quit buying this girl’s music, it’s a complete marketing gimmick and her label is pushing it with the advertising.

      Also, can we please quit referring to Jake Gylenhal and John Mayer as Taylor’s ex boyfriends? They’re not, bearding and having sex a couple times don’t merit the title, boyfriend.

      • TheOneAndOnlyOnly says:

        While we won’t spend money on her crap, millions will – you will love this she and ll cool j will host this year’s grammy’s – she’s become a complete marketing gimmick birthday cards, calendar’s etc. – just another product.

  25. Sweet Dee says:

    She’s gross.

    +1 on the feminism comments. If you’re not a feminist in this day and age, you’re a backwater caveman. No joke.

  26. OhDear says:

    Probably a PR story to drum up interest in her album/tour.

  27. Hannah says:

    Feminism doesn’t mean “guys versus girls”, Swifty!

  28. Rll says:

    Run for your life gingy! Run! Run! Run!

  29. Claire says:

    I listen to BBC Radio 1 and within a week both were guests on the morning show. Ed Sheeran actually sounds very normal and down to earth. He was talking about his downtime at home and said he has a female flatmate that cooks for him while he recovers from jet and touring lag. Neither Taylor or Ed got all gushy about the other. When asked who she hangs with while in London, Taylor mentioned she was new friends with Ellie Goulding and was also friends with Sheeran. You know- what a lonely job to tour around the world. Who you gonna hang with. At least they can meet a friend who understands that showbiz life.

  30. Kim says:

    I’m no prude but I wonder if she has slept with all these guys. I’m asking because she doesn’t seem to casually date.It seems. that she goes from BF to new BF.Taylor L,Jake,Mayer,Jonas boy, Guy in that band,Kennedy boy ….Then again she may be a virgin

    • MyCatLovesTV says:

      I was wondering the same thing but come on….she’s 22 years old. She’s “dated” MEN in addition to the Kennedy child. I’ve been out of the “dating around” scene for decades but back in my day (I am finally old enough to say that!) we had sex after a few dates. And we liked it. Maybe these kids today (ha!) just antique and eat cotton candy. Personally, I think she better have an RX for Valtrex on standby the way she “dates” around with this one and then that one. More power to her. But I don’t buy the goodie two shoes routine. Just spending one night around John Mayer would be enough to change her from a girl to a woman (shudder).

  31. Zombie Shortcake says:

    Hmmmm I wonder if it is because the music industry is so male dominated that she thinks comparatively to men regarding her own work.

    • Zombie Shortcake says:

      Oh wait- she says she doesn’t think comparatively to men, but in the next sentence she sounds like she does…

  32. Zombie Shortcake says:

    She is describing how her parents raised her. It sort of makes sense that they would try to focus on possibilities/potential rather than doubts: “You’re going into an industry where women are the minority and you’re disadvantaged because of it and it will negatively impact your chances of success. Good luck because all odds are against you.” Even though that is the reality in music, and she’s probably learned that along the way, most parents try to encourage positive thinking right? Though yeah, I agree it sounds like she’s saying gender discrimination doesn’t exist or is a non-issue in music while many other musicians/artists have claimed otherwise.
    Wow I’m really rambling to nowhere today.

  33. bettyrose says:

    Siigh, I love Gingers. So much. I’d actually never heard of this guy before today, but I’m going to YouTube him now.

    I also love everything you guys have said about feminism this morning. I have nothing to add, except that my SO – a ginger, I’m proud to say – would happily agree that feminism, and equality in general, is great for artsy men who have no interest in being the sole breadwinner in a home.

  34. UghInsomnia says:

    I don’t think she really know what feminist means. I can’t imagine a woman alive NOT wanting to be a feminist.

  35. Chloeeee says:

    Feminist became a taboo word because people seem to associate it with birkenstocks and bra burning. Ain’t nothing wrong with being a feminist and saying so.

    • Erinn says:

      Damn… I love my birks! They’re the only sandal that don’t make my poor plantar fasciitis feet feel like death.

  36. Lachica says:

    What irks me is that she gets asked questions about feminism. Why on earth would this simpering idiot be expected to know the first thing about feminism?

  37. Kosmos says:

    Well, I have to say that Taylor is amazing at moving up the ladder so quickly, a difficult task for any talented singer or musician. She managed to become a star in record time and has a huge following. When I see her speak on talk shows, she comes off maturely and seems to choose her words carefully and is well spoken, also difficult for a 22-year old. I admire her because she is her own person, she doesn’t do the trashy dressing, and comes across more wholesome. Her songs are not trashy either, so I think she sets a good example amid a world of mixed styles and much sexuality-based messages. Even if her love life isn’t perfect, we have to give her some space to experiment and find her way.

  38. dooliloo says:


    Alright… Better prevent the damages, Sandy storm is already bad enough…

    *calling the mate of a mate who knows Ed Sheeran*

  39. Emily says:

    *cough SHOWMANCE! cough*

  40. Carolyn says:

    Taylor wearing RED lipstick to coincide with the title of her album being RED is really starting to annoy me.

    Whilst I don’t really like her music she does deserve kudos for making and continuing a successful career. Especially in such a difficult industry.

    There’s nothing actually interesting about her, PR-wise. The constant “who’s she dating?” angle is the only one her team has.

    • Chelley says:

      Agreed. Her constantly wearing red is getting really annoying. Like ok we get it, Taylor. Your new album is called red but that doesn’t mean you have to wear that color all the damn time.

  41. Sefa says:

    Wtf, being a feminist isn’t about men vs. women. It’s about EVERYONE being treated equally, men and women alike. Because I wasn’t annoyed enough.

  42. Camille (TheOriginal) says:

    I can’t stand his music and I don’t care for her either, so they are probably made for each other.

  43. DB says:

    Men – run far and run fast.

    You DON’T want to be a subject of her breakup songs do you?

    Psycho-Child is freaky

  44. GreenTurtle says:

    Erm, they make it sound like he was tattooing “red” on his arm in honor of Swifty’s record. I’m guessing it’s a happy coincidence (marketing-wise). There are a lot of associations with the word red, other than Taylor Swift. Especially with a ginge. Just sayin’.

    • anna says:

      The tattoo is Swift-related. Taylor invited him to be a supporting act on her Red Tour of North American next year. It will be massive for his career (playing stadiums and arenas) so he got it to commemorate the milstone. It’s not romantic.

  45. jwoolman says:

    There are a lot of -ist labels that folks are too anxious to pin on people rather than just focusing on what they actually believe and do. If she had just been asked “do you believe that gender shouldn’t affect your ability to succeed in business, politics, academia, the arts, science, engineering, etc” or ” have you faced any particular difficulties in your career specifically because you’re female rather than male,” she could have answered without hesitation. But throwing a label out at her that probably she really hasn’t even thought about (I never did either, although I was certainly aware of the difficulties breaking into the old boys club in my profession)- well, of course she’s not even sure what the questioner means by it. It really is an odd term when you think about it. It made sense to the first ones to use it because of historical context, but if you compare it linguistically with a very negative word like racist- it’s not so surprising that it easily acquires unneccessary baggage way beyond the dictionary definition. There is real linguistic confusion occurring. For example, here is a huge cultural barrier to overcome for males to refer to themselves as “feminists” simply because of the form of the word, although if you ask many of them specific questions you will find they do believe in equal opportunites without the label. Nothing wrong with labeling yourself if it is personally meaningful to you, but be aware that you are going to have to patiently explain what that label means to you again and again and again. And also be aware that people who do agree with you may still feel very uncomfortable with the label, because they know very well how linguistically confusing it is.

    I always ask people what exactly they mean by the word before answering such questions myself, since the odds are they don’t mean what people in this discussion mean. I don’t like labels because we are not cans of soup, and never use the label for myself (same applies to many labels other people pin on me). But I was first accused of being a “radical feminist” when I just pointed out that the department secretary (female) was getting grossly underpaid for the work she did. For some inexplicable reason, the faculty in the department were supposed to jointly recommend the annual pay raises for the department secretary, but the available raise was a pittance also. One guy said we should consider the fact that her husband had a job also, and I instantly asked if he was going to double her pay if her husband lost his job or got sick or died or just left. I didn’t say that because I was a “feminist” but because it was true. Secretaries on that campus were getting low pay only because they were female, just as my mother did a better job than the men in the position before her but was paid considerably less (despite being the sole support of two kids). I didn’t need a label to know exactly what was going on and that it was fundamentally wrong. The guy actually said something about “Gloria Steinhem” when tossing the label “radical feminist” at me, and I barely even recognized the name. This was a fellow with several daughters and a wife who certainly was his equal partner, but even he had a negative reaction to both the label feminist and even the hint of a suggestion that gender played a role in certain unjust situations. I hadn’t even mentioned the gender issue myself, just the clear injustice, he was the one who leaped to the label. If you asked him directly, though, he certainly didn’t want obstacles in the path of his wife and children because of their gender.

    One other thought- it does seem odd that feminists are assuming that male and female colleagues must be romantically entangled… Just sayin’. That attitude really is an obstacle to true gender equality in the workplace. And yes, it is very possible for men and women to be friends and coworkers and collaborators without romance.

  46. Ranunculus says:

    Funny that her idea of feminism or getting ahead always seems to involve men. For this girl no tactic seems to be low enough to promote herself. Pretty sick!

  47. Marion Cotillard says:

    I’m usually as kind as can be to celebrities, especially those who are female, as I know they’re put under a microscope and held under a higher standard — but, quite frankly, this girl pisses me off. How her music could be empowering at all is unfathomable to me. She feels ‘above’ any woman that’s not exactly like her. Apparently women who aren’t like her aren’t deserving of men. How that is feminism is beyond me. She’s the poster girl of slut-shaming.

    • anna says:

      The poster girl of slut-shaming? Because of ‘Better Than Revenge’? That’s reaching. Beyonce has more to answer for with ‘Nasty Girl’.

  48. teehee says:

    They make a cute couple somehow, actually…

  49. Adrien says:

    Ed Sheeran? I thought that was the Deryck Whibley guy.

  50. goodquestion says:

    If she were a guy, then we’d start wondering if all these boyfriends are beards.

  51. Melissa says:

    He’s pretty cute actually! It’ll be sad when she uses him for song material. I never understood why people trash their ex’s after they break up. You stayed with them for however long, you fucked it. What’s it say about you? :S

  52. Dani says:

    Isn’t A Team about cocaine use? She found a winner. I hope he ends up writing a breakup song about her. Taste of your own medicine.

  53. anna says:

    The irony of people bashing Taylor for her feminism comments and simultaneously mocking her for dating around is delicious.

    She’s not dating Sheeran. The last time they saw each other was in LA in August, when Ed went for dinner with Taylor and her band after the VMAs. Sheeran predicted this dating rumor would start a while ago (in an Access Hollywood interview on youtube) and laughed it off as ridiculous.

    I feel bad for her that every time a stupid rumor is started – Ed, Eddie Redmayne, Tim Tebow etc – a section of the internet believes it.

  54. Hawk says:

    Someone needs to tell Taylor that dating is not a hobby.

  55. Chelley says:

    I don’t believe that she’s going out with him but judging by that tattoo he has on his arm, I’m sure they developed some kind of connection and will announce them getting together in the future. Jeez, when will this girl find a long term relationship already? All her relationships have been short lived and she’s had so many of them!

  56. Eugenio Bellew says:

    I think it is a little outdated since there’s a lot more emphasis on era/context adjustments these days. The fact that you listed 6 pitchers from the 19th century at or above 130 who aren’t in the Hall tells me they’re somewhat overrated by HOF Monitor.