Ann Wilson of the classic rock band Heart expressed solidarity with Taylor Swift over Taylor's recent lawsuit against a man who groped her. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Ann sounded off about a woman's right to be respected in the course of her daily work as a musician.
Ann Wilson spoke of her own situation as well as Taylor Swift's when she told Rolling Stone it all amounted to the right of a musician to be respected. It isn't about gender, it's about the right of any human being not to be exploited, groped, or molested.
"We have to redefine that which we haven't even touched. This is not a gender problem. It's a power issue. It's a problem of respect. When we are able to strip off the gender thing, then we'll get somewhere."
Taylor Swift is coming along decades after Ann and Nancy Wilson formed Heart. The genre is different and the voice is different, but the rage is still there. Taylor Swift and Ann Wilson express nothing but contempt in both "Barracuda" and "Look What You Made Me Do."
Many people are uncomfortable with Taylor Swift's controlled rage. Vox said Taylor Swift had two distinct identities. The writer seems to find it strange a strong woman could expect both intimacy and control, or both power and love.
"Swift's celebrity image has been caught in a tug-of-war between intimacy and control, one characterized by two distinct identities: Taylor Swift, nerdy teen, and girl next door… and Taylor Swift, micromanaging CEO of a billion-dollar business whose marquee product is her own public image."
"Both sides are fundamental to Swift's appeal — but they are also antithetical to each other. When the two sides of her persona clash, they cancel each other out, resulting in a Swift backlash like the one that's formed heading into Reputation."