There’s a problem with Taylor Swift.
The problem is not her music.
The problem is her success.

You see, the way you think about Taylor Swift is the way you think about all professional women.

You may disagree with me, but you’re wrong. I feel pretty confident about that.

How about we start this conversation with a little bit of music history.

271. Taylor Swift - Elton John Elivs Presley

Elvis Presley was one of the most popular and best-selling artists of all time.
I know that.
You know that.

Elvis, however, did not write any of his songs.
None of them.

Do you think any less of him because of it?
I didn’t think so.

Oh, and remember, Elton John didn’t write any of his lyrics. He got the words from Bernie Taupin and then just wrote the melodies behind them.

Does that make you think any less of his success?
Yeah, I thought that wouldn’t change anything either.

So riddle me this Batman… when I talk about Taylor Swift’s massive songwriting success, why the heck do so many men try to devalue it by saying something like “It’s easy when you don’t write your own songs.”

First of all, it’s not easy.

Second of all, she does write her songs. Yes, she sometimes collaborates, just like every other major artist this side of Bob Dylan.

And third, she has written more Top 10 hits than Elvis, Sinatra, Whitney and Aretha Franklin combined.

But that’s not even my point. So stop trying to throw me off track.

My point is to point out the way people minimize women’s success.

Why do we think it’s ok for a male to achieve success, regardless of how he got there, but females are trivialized for receiving help in their climb to the top?

That’s a rhetorical question. But, you know what, I’m going to answer it for you anyway.

In a second.

First, let’s talk about the local economy.