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Taylor Swift’s Gay Moments: Midnights ~ Mastermind

14 May

Don’t forget to read the prequel to this post!


…And the touch of a hand lit the fuse/Of a chain reaction of countermoves/To assess the equation of you/Checkmate, I couldn’t lose/What if I told you none of it was accidental/And the first night that you saw me, nothing was gonna stop me?/I laid the groundwork and then, just like clockwork/The dominoes cascaded in a line/What if I told you I’m a mastermind?/And now you’re mine/It was all by design/’Cause I’m a mastermind…/…Strategy sets the scene for the tale/I’m the wind in our free-flowing sails/And the liquor in our cocktails/What if I told you none of it was accidental/And the first night that you saw me, I knew I wanted your body?/…So I’ve been scheming like a criminal ever since/To make them love me and make it seem effortless/This this the first time I’ve felt the need to confess/And I swear/I’m only cryptic and Machiavellian ’cause I care

I don’t really care for the following paper’s confusion about control vs. status. Or their lazy conclusion justifying a weak result with autistic TRAITS vs. a diagnosis. But there is a lot of interesting information about hormones here:

Taylor Swift’s Gay Moments ~ Mastermind [prequel]

13 May

I promise the direction I’m going with this will make sense when you see the actual post. I’m setting up your foundational knowledge with this one.

Back, back, back in 2005, sitting in some Animal Science course (dairy cattle? Genetics?) I remember having an epiphany that this farm animal development and behavior we were learning about could be extrapolated to human sexuality. I mean, duh, obviously mammals have much the same processes, everybody knows that. But I hadn’t heard about a CAUSE of homosexuality. As far as I was aware, nobody could find a gene, environmental factor, or consistent theory of how it came to be. All I knew, is that it isn’t a choice, and queerness was an innate, unchangeable trait.

What we were learning went something like this:


This particular research paper was written in 1989. So it wasn’t a new concept. I couldn’t understand why nobody had put the pieces together and declared the CAUSE of human homosexuality…

OK, so it’s not nailed down to a single cause. It’s complicated. But here is research that finds maternal hormones do play a part in gender expression children and sexuality of adults:

Taylor Swift’s Gay Moments: Midnights ~ Karma

11 May


…’Cause karma is my boyfriend…/…Sweet like honey, karma is a cat/Purring in my lap ’cause it loves me/Flexing like a goddamn acrobat/Me and karma vibe like that…/…Sweet like justice, karma is a queen

Karma is my boyfriend:

sweet like honey:

Karma is a cat:

Purring in my lap:


Flexing like a goddamn acrobat:

Me and karma vibe like that:

sweet like justice:

karma is a queen [Pat?]:

Taylor Swift’s Gay Moments: Midnights ~ Maroon

5 May


…Laughing with my feet in your lap/Like you were my closest friend/”How’d we end up on the floor anyway?” You say/”Your roommate’s cheap-ass screw-top rosé, that’s how”…/…And how the blood rushed into my cheeks, so scarlet, it was…/…The lips I used to call home, so scarlet, it was maroon…/…Sobbin’ with your head in your hands


Laughing with my feet in your lap

“Your roommate’s cheap-ass screw-top rosé, that’s how”

And how the blood rushed into my cheeks, so scarlet

The lips I used to call home, so scarlet, it was maroon

How male and female authors describe lips:

How female authors describe lips:

Sobbin’ with your head in your hands

3rd column 4th column

+ = for the guys | + = for the gals

Pre-TS Gay Moments ~ Ivy: Gnosticism is Religion Queered [III]

1 May

I’m about to finish up the evermore album for my series Taylor Swift’s Gay Moments. Followed by Midnights Gay Moments. The last song is Ivy.

You might be wondering how Taylor Swift’s Ivy relates to Gnosticism relates to queerness.  In my main post I’ll show the many connections between Ivy’s lyrics and Gnostic tennants.

Here, I’ll try to convey how Gnosticism, at the very least, can be interpreted through a queer lens.

Gnosticism through a queer lens [III]

-Sophia begets the demiurge who creates the world & humanity

-Sophia tricks Yaldabaoth into passing wisdom to Adam

-Wisdom is Eve and she wakes Adam from his stupor

-Balancing the masculine and feminine within ourselves is required for divine illumination

-Gnostics reject binary, black & white thinking and encourage questioning authority and the status-quo

-The Gnostics gave women a place, where they were sidelined by the orthodoxy

Sophia gives birth to a bunch of bad boys, demigods called archons, including the worst of them all, the demiurge who becomes the creator of this world, infecting it with pride, ignorance, fear, and his lust for power and pleasure.

Finally, Sophia breaks free and ascends back up to the true light of life. Back up in the celestial realm of spiritual light, Sophia rediscovers Gnosis by joining her twin brother in a “marriage” of reunification, balancing the masculine ego of unrealized potential, and uniting it with the sacred feminine – made ever more powerful by adversity – into an androgynous whole. A complete person, full with the knowledge of the transcendent, unified light.

But she refuses to abandon the sad world of humans.  She remains present, and in her resurgent power she brings great beauty and spiritual potential to the Earthly realm and its inhabitants. 

Witnessing the irresponsible creation of the world by her errant offspring, she divides herself, keeping a part below, ever present and available for the enlightenment of all.  Sophia conceals Consciousness in the body of the demiurge’s first man, “Adam,” and then brings it into the world as “Eve.”  

For it’s only in the feminine–the channel of creation into the world–that humanity finds the power and compassion necessary to overcome the darkness of ignorance.


Pre-TS Gay Moments ~ Ivy: Gnostic Creation Story [II]

30 Apr

Here’s part II (2.5 hours after I initially tried to post it). WordPress pulled a Myspace on me and erased everything when I pressed “schedule” and it was NOT cool. So I don’t know if it’s all here, but I’m tired of messing with it.

Gnostic Creation Story [II]

-The True God


-demiurge (Yaldabaoth/Ialdabaoth)


-Adam, then Eve

-the material world, then humanity

Disclaimer/Trigger Warning:

There will be discussion about religion. I am simply reporting facts and history as I found them (through very cursory online searches) so please don’t @me with theological debate or complaints.


 The deficiency of the demiurge is that he lives in ignorance of this fact. He created the world and formed all matter under the presupposition that he was doing it of his own accord. He did not perceive the invisible forefather working through him. Truly we all work with these archangels as at our core we are the invisible forefather and all of our thoughts stem from a higher angelic power. Higher as to say that they are from higher plane than the matter that we perceive ourselves to be. But truly we are not the body, we are the spirit that has been manifested into the bodies that we occupy. And we have a soul that is the mediator between the two. The Soul is our field for planting the seeds which we wish to grow in our kingdom and the archangels that we wish to have serve us are what we choose to grow. So be a farmer in the service of the good and the fruits that your kingdom will bear will be of the good.

Pre-TS Gay Moments ~ Ivy: Gnosticism/Gnostic/Gnosis [I]

29 Apr

I’m about to finish up the evermore album for my series Taylor Swift’s Gay Moments. Followed by Midnights Gay Moments. The last song is Ivy.

The direction I am going with it is enormous. I’m scratching the surface. So here is some homework so you have a foundation for the actual post. I suggest going to the source material for a more in-depth understanding.

Part I: Brief overview

-what is Gnosticism

-approximated time Gnosticism came to be


-source materials

-Gnostic beliefs and traditions (abridged)

–> we’ll talk about the creation story and the players and symbols in Part II

Disclaimer/Trigger Warning:

There will be discussion about religion. I am simply reporting facts and history as I found them (through very cursory online searches) so please don’t @me with theological debate or complaints.

What is gnostic or gnosis or Gnosticism?

Tensions with other religions:

TS Snippets: Minimal Pairs and an Auditory Illusion

23 Apr

We know Taylor drinks wine. And she’s talked about liquor, like whiskey. But I’m not sure beer is her go-to choice of beverage. You know what makes a lot of sense to me in a song to her ex? bearDs. She’s telling her ex that she’s fine with bearding and crying because she chooses her career over love. And no, it’s not wishful thinking or a reach. This phenomenon is repeated several times in the TS catalog.



There are several more words that Taylor pronounces in a way that could mean two distinct words:



/en/tity vs /an/eurysm  & /t/



bei/ge/ vs /Gil/lette 



gri/t/ty vs gree/d/y




This next one is a bit of a different phenomenon:

This song has additional auditory illusions because the main lyrics have a backing echo layered with it.

My program won’t transcribe proper nouns so I subbed “car lee” for Karlie.  It shouldn’t make a difference as the phoneme, syllables, and stress are the same.

Auditory Illusion:

Your expectations of which words you’ll hear—coupled with the low-quality audio—do the rest. “When faced with an acoustic signal which is somewhat ambiguous because it is low-quality or noisy [or layered with backing vocals], your brain attempts a ‘best fit’ between what is heard and the expected word,” Valerie Hazan, a professor of speech sciences at University College London, told The Telegraph.


Theory of Speech Perception:

Now taking the speech and language sciences you just learned, here’s some homework for you:

Do you hear “good” every time? Do you ever hear “girl” instead?

Taylor Swift’s Gay Moments: evermore ~ Marjorie

21 Apr


Long limbs and frozen swims/You’d always go past where our feet could touch

And I complained the whole way there/The car ride back and up the stairs

I should’ve asked you questions/I should’ve asked you how to be/Asked you to write it down for me/Should’ve kept every grocery store receipt

‘Cause every scrap of you would be taken from me

So now, back to the subtext of Taylor Swift’s Marjorie:

it relates to how Taylor could be afraid to come out of the closet. Or she’s fearful of taking Kaylor to the next level by having a child with Karlie.

Taylor could be wanting proof of a lot of things, here.

I wonder if she feels like Karlie is erasing their relationship and Taylor feels gaslighted. Taylor wants to prove that Kaylor was real and mutual since Karlie is insinuating it’s always just been Jo$h. Kaylor was secret so it’s easily treated as if it never happened at all.

And finally, Taylor mentions scraps. And there is a direct link between scraps, the fashion industry, to Karlie.

Taylor Swift’s Gay Moments: folklore ~ mad woman

1 Apr

mad woman

What did you think I’d say to that?/Does a scorpion sting when fighting back?/They strike to kill and you know I will/You know I will…/…Every time you call me crazy/I get more crazy/What about that?/And when you say I seem angry/I get more angry/And there’s nothin’ like a mad woman/What a shame she went mad/No one likes a mad woman/You made her like that/And you’ll poke that bear ’til her claws come out/And you find something to wrap your noose around/And there’s nothin’ like a mad woman…/…But no one likes a mad woman/What a shame she went mad/You made her like that

***Trigger Warning***

institutionalization, “medical” abuse, torture