Taylor Swift/Matty Healy News + Revisiting 00s Tabloid Culture

This week on Name 3 Songs we’re giving our reactions to the biggest news of the week(maybe the year?!) – that Taylor Swift and Matty Healy of The 1975 are dating. Our lives have been full blown chaos since the news of these worlds colliding. We’re breaking down the validity of an unnamed source that brought this story to light in The Sun UK, talking about the significance of this relationship if true, and weighing in with our personal thoughts on this pairing. 

And! We’re revisiting a previous episode. With the overwhelming popularity of blind items in the TikTok era, we thought it was worth a trip down podcast memory lane to discuss the way the tabloids treated popstars in the 90s and 00s – and what parallels we can draw to today.  

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Sources for Taylor Swift/Matty Healy News + Revisiting 00s Tabloid Culture

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Here’s How Ridiculous It Would Look If Tabloids Treated Men The Way They Treat Women (HuffPost, Amanda Scherker and Sara Boboltz, 2017)

Women’s Magazines Objectify Women Just as Much as Men’s Magazines Do (The Atlantic, Noah Berlatsky, 2013)

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Nostalgia, remorse, and terrible tabloids: Why we’re all suddenly talking about the Noughties (The Independent, Micha Frazer-Carroll, 2021)

Speaking of Britney … What About All Those Other Women? (New York Times, Jessica Bennett, 2021)

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How the 90s Tricked Women into Thinking They’d Gained Gender Equality (Time, Allison Yarrow, 2018)

How the Supermarket Tabloids Stay Out of Court (New York Times Archive, 1991)

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