Taylor Swift’s Twitter/X profile reads: “I'm the problem, it's me.”

The infamous Eric Conn would likely agree with her statement, as he caused a lot of waves on Twitter/X last month when he posted the following about Swift:

I tend to agree. We are sitting by and watching our young girls idolize someone who not only dresses in the most provocative of manners, but whose songs on broken relationships leave little to the imagination. It’s out there, free to the public, and pushed on our children.

We have come a long way from the Little-House-on-the-Prairie lifestyle we once saw in America – a lifestyle which elevated the beauty and role of femininity. We have gone from the simple elegant beauty of a woman to the absolute distasteful wardrobes which parade women as if they’re objects for sale at the nearest corner market. (Now that I think of it, market is probably not the correct word – maybe I should have just left the corner there instead!)

Ladies and gentlemen, our daughters need better examples. They need better role models and we as parents are responsible for that. What you allow in your home is 100% your choice … but that also means you are accountable for any consequences which follow from that choice.

I hear many mothers and fathers say that their daughters are just teenagers who want to follow Swift because she is so popular right now. But we need to help our daughters understand that they don’t have to follow the crowd. They can stand up and be different.

Part of helping our daughters to be different comes by pointing out that Swift may not be all that happy. Her lyrics hint at longing and make you wonder what she is really searching for. Is she truly happy, or does she deep down desire a life filled with the natural love of a husband, a family and a house filled with children rather than the love of a cat wrapped around her neck, as shown on a recent TIME Magazine cover?

Is such a lifestyle as Swift is leading truly what you aspire for yourself or your daughters, or is this the type of girl you would want your son to look at as a potential wife? Let’s teach our daughters to want better, to see their beauty in modesty and to remind them that they don’t have to follow the latest trends.

I still wholeheartedly believe that Swift has some amazing qualities and she could be someone that our girls looked up to – but only with a changed heart and a focus on a more modest, Christ-filled lifestyle.

I pray that just as we encourage our daughters to live a sweet, modest and chaste lifestyle, so too, someone would share the same with Taylor Swift. Maybe, just maybe, she will go back to the sweet, soft-spoken voice that sings simple lyrics, knowing that she doesn’t have to flaunt everything to get attention.

Ashley Carter is a wife, mother, and grandmother living in Elmore County, where she and her husband run Farm to Table Living and Carter Farms. Ashley serves as Controller and Executive Assistant at 1819 News. She is currently working on an inspirational book of short stories. To connect with the author of this story or to comment, email ashley.carter@1819news.com.

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