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The Shortlist for March 5

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Taylor Swift: Portraying Me as 'Clingy, Desperate' Is 'Sexist'You have to admit that using famously failed relationships as a musical muse is an uncommon risk for a pop star. And while the Beyonces of the world employ songwriters to develop their biggest hits, Taylor Swift fearlessly writes lyrics by herself and about herself -- and she'd like some love for the guts that takes, thankyouverymuch.In Vanity Fair's April cover story, the 23-year-old chanteuse points out that "since 2010, I have dated exactly two people," despite the steady stream of hookup rumors that get pinned to her. As far as the connection between her personal life and her lyrics? "For a female to write about her feelings," Swift says, "and then be portrayed as some clingy, insane, desperate girlfriend in need of making you marry her and have kids with her, I think that's taking something that potentially should be celebrated — a woman writing about her feelings in a confessional way — that's taking it and turning it and twisting it into something that is frankly a little sexist."
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