So the latest video from Taylor Swift, "Ready For It" premiers this weekend. the disappointing thing is, it shows her in a body suit that might as well be Taylor in the nude. It's clear Taylor has swiftly (see what I did there?) moved away from the good girl image she had on earlier projects.
Granted, she hasn't really been a role model for girls for a while now, so this is nothing new. Still, I liked her music and comparatively, she was one of the less sexualized of female pop stars. I even let my young middle school daughters watch a few of her cleaner music videos. Even then, I feel like I'm treading a fine line with my girls.
But after years of seeing this happen over and over again (anyone recall all the former Disney Mouseketeers who went rogue after their first record deals?) I keep waiting for another Mandy Moore to come around. I think those days are gone.
So, like a good Christian dad, I refer my girls back to Contemporary Christian music. It's usually a safe place to find role models. At the same time, there's some really good secular music out there and I don't want to place them in a bubble. Besides, their mother and I own and enjoy a lot of good secular music. Some of them are love songs that are quite appropriate for the ears of a married couple.
It's a conundrum. What's your take on this? Suggestions? Advice? Got a story to share? Just wanna vent? Comment below.