One Taylor Swift Fan Gets An Education in Bad-Assery After Challenging Twitter to Name A Badder Bitch
If you keep up with pop culture, you may have noticed that Taylor Swift has been pulling an episode-three-level Anakin and turning to the dark side, and honestly it’s weirding us out.
“I’m sorry, but the old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now. Why? Oh, because she’s dead.”
Sheesh, Tay-tay, bleak much?
Many of her fans are all for the “new Taylor,” praising her leather-clad exterieur, slicked back hair, and snakes slithering at her feet, as a sign of her rebirth as a Bad Bitch. But not everyone is convinced.
For example, earlier this week on Twitter, Swift fan @xnulz was called to reexamine her definition of the term when she posted this tweet asking Twitter to name a badder bitch than Taylor Swift.
Name a bitch badder than Taylor Swift ??? pic.twitter.com/AkSyQBUIME— Nutella (@xnulz) November 10, 2017
And people answered. Oh, did they answer. The tweet was flooded with comments and retweets naming thousands of truly bad bitches from throughout history and while it’s a celebration of womankind, it’s probably not the response @xnulz was expecting.
Taylor, step aside, there are some real bad bitches coming through.
Some users offered full lists of bad-ass women.
Rosa Parks, Ada Lovelace, Violet Gibson, Aphra Behn, Elizabeth Fry, Caterina Sforza, Empress Wu Zetian, Marie Curie, Marilyn Monroe, Harper Lee, Bonnie Greer, Naomi Klein, Jane Austin, Nancy Wake, Billie Holiday, Carrie Fisher, Nina Simone, Katherine Jonson, Mehri Black— Christian Dabnor (@dabnorfish) November 11, 2017
Including women from the middle ages to the last century.
Valentina Tereshkova, Betsi Cadwaladr, Boudicca, Catherine de Medici , Joan of Arc, Elizabeth I, Rosa Luxemburg , Rosa Parks, Billie Holiday, Benazir Bhutto, Cleopatra- all far more badass than a singer wearing dark mascara.— Rhodri Morgan-Smith (@DocRods) December 2, 2017
And shared the stories of incredible women like this bad bitch.
Has anyone said Caterina Sforza yet?— Ana Mardoll (@AnaMardoll) December 3, 2017
When told her children would be executed if she didn't leave her castle, she apocryphally is said to have flashed her vagina at the besiegers and yelled that she was capable of making more children just fine, thank you. https://t.co/k0TKLdH3BE
Or this one, who neither needs nor wants a man.
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
Or this baddie who started slaying at a young age.
Arsinoe, younger sister of Cleopatra, took control of her brother's armies when Caesar captured him and declared herself Queen of Egypt. She won two battles against the Roman army at Alexandria, at one point forcing Caesar to strip and swim for his life. She was eleven years old. https://t.co/5k0qX1YL22— Cammie Campbell (@camcamdamn) December 2, 2017
I want to be like her when I grow up.
Lozen was a Chiricahua Apache warrior, prophet and medicine woman. She was able to use her powers in battle to learn the movements of the enemy & helped the Apaches successfully avoid capture. She fought side-by-side with Geronimo. https://t.co/d4paWeuDqj— Rebecca Roanhorse (@RoanhorseBex) December 2, 2017
Lyudmila Pavlichenko. Russian sniper who killed over 300 Nazis including dozens of officers. When on a tour of the US, she was asked how many men she had killed, and responded, "No men, just fascists." Woody Guthrie wrote a song about her. https://t.co/koJUbG2r0b— Buzzfeed Guy Debord (@BuzzfeedGDebord) December 2, 2017
This woman is a legend.
I had a great-aunt who escaped a concentration camp after being shot and left for dead in a ditch full of bodies and survived the rest of World War 2 living in a refrigerator box in someone’s basement. https://t.co/f5gJvHZtsE— Brohibition Now (@OhNoSheTwitnt) December 3, 2017
Another woman who triumphed against the Nazis.
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— (╯°□°）╯︵ ┻━┻ (@shonan_naminori) December 2, 2017
Yet another Nazi fighter!
Nancy Wake .."led 7,000 guerrilla fighters in battles against the Nazis in the northern Auvergne.. in 1944. On one occasion, she strangled an SS sentry with her bare hands. In June 1944, she led her fighters in an attack on the Gestapo headquarters at Montlucon in central France. pic.twitter.com/A9fY3yqkol— glyn harries ? (@hackneyglyn) December 4, 2017
Any Kurdish Woman fighting to protect her home and family pic.twitter.com/PoKbfe9YYq— Dave (@DaveDettloff) December 4, 2017
Slaying with her words.
Jayaben Desai Grunwick strike leader "What you are running here is not a factory, it is a zoo. In a zoo, there are many types of animals. Some are monkeys who dance on your fingertips, others are lions who can bite your head off. We are those lions, Mr Manager." pic.twitter.com/Y6qxrVw6z4— glyn harries ? (@hackneyglyn) December 4, 2017
Bow down to Malala, y'all.
Someone badder than @taylorswift13? OK. At 15, @Malala was shot in the head by the #Taliban for insisting girls had a right to an education. At 17, she became the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in history. At 18, she opened a school for Syrian refugee girls in Lebanon.— Michael J. Arvizu (@thedjmichaelj) December 4, 2017
This right here is a bad bitch.
Simone Segouin - " ..was involved in armed actions against enemy convoys and trains, attacks against enemy detachments, acts of sabotages etc. " she was described as “one of the purest fighters of heroic French Resistance who prepared the way for the Liberation”. pic.twitter.com/XcUP8zI5bs— glyn harries ? (@hackneyglyn) December 4, 2017
Couldn't have done it without her.
Sacajawea led the Lewis & Clark expedition literally halfway across the country, translating & negotiating with potentially hostile tribes, all while carrying & caring for a newborn child.— Pony Hill (@realponyhill) December 4, 2017
She didn't let anyone and or anything get in her way.
Bessie Coleman. First African American Aviator & First Native American Aviator. Moved to Paris to get her Pilot’s License because The US would not give her one because she was a woman and African American. Not only was she a first rate pilot but a pioneering daredevil. pic.twitter.com/Bbo6R983hi— LadyLiberty (@FrizzleFelicity) December 4, 2017
Not to mention all the other female astronauts.
Sally Ride pic.twitter.com/PpVWQdxyjK— AJ Graceson (@aj_graceson) December 3, 2017
Every woman brave enough to come forward with sexual harassment charges against men with power.— George Covino (@GeorgeRCovino) December 4, 2017
Some of our family members are the baddest bitches we know, Like this mother.
My mother, fought cancer off 6 times over 20 years with humor and was always more concerned about others who were in need around her. She died from it when the cancer finally made it to her brain 3 years ago. Taylor is a singer with a lot of producers...please.— ted (@oregonted) November 11, 2017
Or this grandmother.
My grandma literally fled the Nazis & had to make it in a new country at 12 yo. She also got her parents out. She’d mop the floor w/ TSwift.— Sarah (@raptor_math) December 2, 2017
Or this daughter.
My daughter. While in high school she heard cries for help coming from the boys bathroom. She rushed in to find 3 very large boys tormenting a boy w/autism. She stopped it and made the boys stand there until authorities arrived. Braver than I'll ever be. Proud of her.— MelbaToasted (@Melbatoastedoat) December 5, 2017
And why not the user themself?
Me: I am a veteran and a military widow. My husband died before our first son’s first birthday...2 days after his death, I found out I was pregnant with our second son. I birthed alone and raised them alone. In 2015 I decided to go to school for Nursing. I am now RN,BSN #badass pic.twitter.com/sHcHdnMulc— Elizabeth (@VoluptuousZ) December 4, 2017