Taylor Swift is about to turn 30, and when a German reporter asked her a question she deemed sexist, she politely refused to respond.
“Is this a kind of turning point in your life? Would you like to be a mother someday, have children?”
Swift called out the sexist double standard in a common inquiry typically asked of women.
“I really do not think men are asked that question when they turn 30. So I’m not going to answer that now.”
Taylor Swift shuts down interviewer's question about having children.
— Complex (@Complex) May 26, 2019
Reactions to her terse response were mixed, with critics telling the pop singer to calm down.
So no man in your family is in his 30s and being pressed by his mom or grandma about giving them grandkids???? 🤔
— JUSwurm (@swankystill) May 26, 2019
Woman have been having children for eons. It's a fair question really. Not exactly out of the ordinary
— Jacques Cathelineau (@ForGodAndKing) May 26, 2019
That’s because men never run out of sperm; women have a certain time period where their eggs are healthy and that’s usually late teens to about her age. It’s not a sexist question. Dumbass 🙄
— Reed Holton (@holton_reed) May 26, 2019
Because men can have kids when they're 60. Stop feeling so attacked.
— EezyDoesIt 🐢 (@ricenjam) May 26, 2019
But another came to the singer’s defense by clarifying her stance.
But the problem isn't the ages factor the problem is the assumption that just because she is a woman she is going to have kids… Not about feeling attacked but there are expectations placed on women that aren't placed on men
— Taylor (@TayDev_13) May 26, 2019
And there are expectations put on men that aren't put on women. Life is hard
— Jake Brocklebank (@jakebrock31) May 26, 2019
Misogyny just had to rear its ugly head.
You may not know this but women are the most important thing in reproduction so keeping the human race going lands on the shoulders of women so expecting women to have children is a normal thought
— Ethan (@OfficiallyCold) May 27, 2019
She has organs to make life. If I got bread and meat at some point a MF might ask about a sandwich…
— ANTHONY (@babydaddy757) May 27, 2019
Others shared their frustration over being similarly pressured.
My mom has been fantasizing about my kids since I was born. She makes me feel guilty about it every chance she gets.
— Haseeb Ejaz (@haseebejazzz) May 26, 2019
This user flat out said that questions like this aren’t anyone’s business.
Unless they are her spouse, OBGYN or parent, I dont understand why anyone should either be concerned or even have the audacity to ask such an invasive question.
— M_Fish (@reese_fish) May 27, 2019
Male celebrities tend to be asked questions that are less invasive.
This the Basically the same as the Scarlett Johanson situation where they continuously ask her what's under her costumes during movie interviews while the guy next to her gets a philosophical question. People are acting like male celebrities get asked that all the time. Wrong.
— すみゆ (@sumiyyu) May 26, 2019
Just to be clear I know women get it worse, but I know men get intrusive questions also. Maybe not to them scale but it happens. And I don't think it's fair to cherry pick the bad interviews. Scarlet get's just as many interesting questions as RDJ.
— Eno Har (@Eon1Eno) May 27, 2019
People have your back, Taylor.
I don't blame her people are out of control no privacy.
— Kaliah (@Kaliah16360974) May 27, 2019
Come thru Taylor !!!!
— YT: TheLJTaylor (@theljtaylor) May 27, 2019
I completely understand I get annoyed when I’m asked that question. “When are you gone to have a baby”.. when you see me with child!Just because a lot of people get asked the question doesn’t mean it’s appropriate. What if she can’t have kids?!
— Michelle j (@Mic_Shel) May 27, 2019
Haters are gonna hate, Taylor. You do you and just shake it off.