While it may seem that Taylor Swift exposes a multitude of her enemies on her album “Reputation,” it seems she is drawing upon the notion of the “underdog” to remain relevant: Her actual strategy. Leah Donnella at NPR writes of the difficulty in relating to some of Taylor Swift’s songs because they are all about her in a very lyrically specific way. This points to the idea that Swift might actually see herself as the underdog now, because she is misreading what the fans are saying. Donnella also writes of what makes Taylor Swift so sustainable; she makes people believe that what they are feeling, no matter how slight, can be equivalent to the worst turn of events. She validates feelings and people love her for it. So while the public largely finds her feuds irrelevant, she seems to be trying to highlight the ferocity of inner emotion.
Guardian notices in an interview with Swift, that her career seems to be a journey of trying to figure out what people want from her. According to Snapes, Swift recognizes that her “white privilege” has allowed her the ability to be so complacent while injustices swirl around her. She also notes that women do receive an onslaught of backlash in the music industry; she feels as though she is denied the space to learn, to express herself, and to grow more so than a man would be because of the inherently sexist nature of the industry.