Taylor Swift may be bad, but a whole lot of women are far badder
If you’ve happened to listen to that little track Taylor Swift dropped a couple months ago, “Look What You Made Me Do,” you may be aware that Swift is really, really bad now. She’s a bad lady. She does bad things. She is not sorry.
But is anyone badder than Swift? The internet was presented with this question, and (spoiler alert) the answer is yes.
In fact, if Twitter is to be believed, just about every woman who ever lived is a badder bitch than Swift. Still, when this meme hit Twitter, it challenged folks to “name a bitch badder than Taylor Swift,” and boy, did they deliver. The thread became this amazing celebration of centuries and generations of bad bitches.
Some people took the opportunity to point out some of the baddest bitches in history, most of whom you may never have even heard of until now:
Jeanne de Clisson, murderous French aristocrat-turned-pirate who named her ship My Revenge after the French king executed her husband. She spent the next decade killing all the French crews she encountered, sparing only 1 sailor to relay her message of vengeance ☠️⚓️⚔️ https://t.co/7JGPo3qNjj
— Greg Jenner (@greg_jenner) December 1, 2017
Boudicca was a queen of the British Celtic Iceni tribe who led an uprising against the occupying forces of the Roman Empire in AD 60 or 61, and died shortly after its failure. She is sometimes considered a British folk hero— Francesca Dobbyn (@Francesca__ah_) December 2, 2017
Mariya Vasilyevna Oktyabrskaya: her husband was killed by the Nazis in 1941 during Operation Barbarossa. She went to the Soviet gov’t and demanded to get a tank to kill Nazis. The gov’t relented and she killed Nazis with her tank. pic.twitter.com/9Iinz8ndxx— 打ち上げ花火、あの...いいえ、俺ビール飲んで (@shonan_naminori) December 2, 2017
zheng shi was a sex worker in Canton who was captured & wedded to a pirate lord and so quickly proved her ability to command that she took over and at one point commanded 300+ ships with 40,000 men and was so fearsome that she forced china and britain to let her peacefully retire https://t.co/uQXD8JsL1k
— happy doggeauxlidays (@DOGGEAUX) December 2, 2017
Julie d'Aubigny was a French opera singer/swordswoman in the 1600s who killed over ten men in duels over other women and once took holy vows so she could break into a nunnery, sleep with a blonde nun, then burned the church down and escaped with herhttps://t.co/SaGN3FuELu
— ⚔ Julie d'Atmabigny (@Swordwields) December 2, 2017
Phulan Devi was a Dalit (low caste) woman born to a poor rural family in India and was later called a “feminist Robin Hood” for leading low-caste rebellions and robbing rich communities to redistribute to poor Indian communities. https://t.co/8YYYWGcYrv
— Vriddhi / ವೃದ್ಧಿ (@scaryammu) December 3, 2017
Franceska Mann, the Polish ballerina, who, while being led to the gas chamber, stole a Nazi guard’s gun, shot him dead, and started a female-led riot that gave hope to all of the prisoners of Auschwitz in the face of certain death https://t.co/s7yM6MDYT5
— Hollywood Histories (@moviehistories) December 2, 2017
Virginia Woolf: she fought the patriarchy, pioneered stream of consciousness writing, co-founded a publishing company, had a female lover, struggled with depression, and walked into a river with rocks in her pockets when she was done with life. https://t.co/zpYlEd22Pv
— Lauren Brown (@laurenalixb) December 3, 2017
Others didn’t even need words; they just shared pictures, like this iconic shot of Ieshia Evans, the then 28-year-old who stood fearlessly before police in riot gear at a Black Lives Matter protest in Baton Rouge, Louisina.
There were a lot of pioneering female astronauts in the thread, because space travel is undeniably badass and a field typically full of men. Here’s Sally Ride, the first American woman in space:
Sally Ride pic.twitter.com/PpVWQdxyjK— Gracie Lou Who (@WhoGracie) December 3, 2017
Then there’s Peggy Whitson, the first female commander of the International Space Station:
And, of course, Mae Jemison, the first African American woman in space:
Others who replied shared tales of feminine badassery within their own families — and it’s downright inspiring:
My grandmother who raised a half dozen kids, only one of which was her own, worked every day of her life. Could drink anyone under the table and survived breast cancer TWICE. And when her body finally gave out and she left us she was more afraid of what we would do without her. https://t.co/EPxKyXkVDb
— Richard Jensen (@RichardJensen46) December 3, 2017
My wife. She went into labor while performing a gall bladder removal on a patient. Between contractions she finished the case.— Rob F🇺🇸 (@ospunx) December 2, 2017
My grandmother, who survived the second world war, lost her father, lived in the Gdr, suffered the separation of her baby because it was ill and could only be treated in West-Berlin and was imprisoned in the Stasi-Prison Hohenschönhausen.— Creeping Charlie (@Disco_fox) December 3, 2017
She wrote a book about all of this.
My great aunt Wanda, with a 1 year old at home, Jewish, smuggled herself back INTO Nazi Germany in the boot of a car to rescue her mother. They left on last train out, stopped by border guard who took their wedding rings as payment. Both lived long happy lives in Surrey.— Meryl O'Rourke© (@MerylORourke) December 2, 2017
The moral of this story? Taylor Swift may be a bad bitch, but so are so many other women. Let’s just celebrate them all.