Taylor Swift has been having a banner year. After being #cancelled when Kim Kardashian outed her lies about Kanye West's "Fame" video, and being adopted as the "Aryan Barbie" of the alt-right movement, Swift has reinvented herself into a (supposedly) darker, edgier Swift.
The ploy has worked. Swift's newest musical outing, "Reputation," has spent the past three weeks at number one and is well on track to become one of the biggest albums of the year.
This may have been the motivation behind Twitter user Nutella's question, "Name a bitch badder than Taylor Swift."
Name a bitch badder than Taylor Swift 😍😛😤 https://t.co/AkSyQBUIME— Nick (@Nick)1510291929.0
Like this Twitter user's answer to the query.
i love the circulating quote tweets where this person goes "name a badder bitch than taylor swift" honestly? I'm a… https://t.co/8TF1oq3WVI— daddy. (@daddy.)1512237226.0
Other Twitter users had more serious answers to the query. And by serious, we mean historical.Umm, why didn't we learn about her in Pirates of the Caribbean? They had all kinds of undead pirates on there, not to mention mermaids and the occasional goddess, but they didn't see fit to include this actual goddess? Fail.
This Twitter user highlighted a renegade, a trailblazer, an actual freaking hero.
Julie d'Aubigny was a French opera singer/swordswoman in the 1600s who killed over ten men in duels over other wome… https://t.co/mBtrsYHIc9— ⚔️💘🌸 bloodborne cum room (@⚔️💘🌸 bloodborne cum room)1512201674.0
Some responses were stories we already knew, but were pleasantly surprised to encounter again.Lest we forget, Ida B. Wells was freaking amazing. Without her seminal work on lynching, we would not have as complete an understanding of the processes of oppression in the American South. Wells, during her lifetime, proved that lynching was actually a method of oppressing black people rather than punishment for crimes, as it had so often been claimed. Hero.
Other responses highlighted women we'd never heard of before, but were delighted to discover.What was glossed over here is the fact that she was gang-raped for several days after which she came back with her gang and slaughtered the men that raped her, then spent eleven years in jail, became a government official – twice – and was shot to death in 2001 by members of a rival gang.
Other responses blew our minds so hard, we had to go look the person up.
Jeanne de Clisson, murderous French aristocrat-turned-pirate who named her ship My Revenge after the French king ex… https://t.co/x0RfZ0W9nL— Greg Jenner (@Greg Jenner)1512171606.0
Some reminded us of details we'd forgotten about our heroes.
As a child, Harriet Tubman had her skull crushed in by a slave owner, was left w/o medical attention for 2 days, +… https://t.co/G6NcsAdjz6— Jane Coaston (@Jane Coaston)1512262123.0
One person stated what should be the most obvious answer of all.
*staring at own reflection in a puddle* *whispers* "I'm a badder bitch than Taylor Swift"— Sea Shanty Lee (@Sea Shanty Lee)1512373495.0
The entire thread was so good, people began calling to make it into a book.
I think "Badder Bitches than Taylor Swift" should be a coffeetable book with all those bios of inspirational women.— Kiki La Double Mask (@Kiki La Double Mask)1512311209.0