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Taylor Swift directs Taylor Swift to be ‘sexier,’ ‘more likable’ in ‘The Man’ video

Rise and shine, patriarchy: Taylor Swift would like a word. On Thursday morning, the pop star debuted her new video for “The Man,” a standout from her recent “Lover” album that doubles as a musical middle finger to the male establishment. Directed by Swift, the video expands on the song’s feminist themes and defiant lyrics. “I’m so sick of running as fast as I can / Wondering if I’d get there quicker if I was a man,” she sings in the chorus, the camera focusing on a generic-looking guy in a suit (later revealed to be Swift under prosthetics) inconsiderately man-spreading his legs on the train. “And I’m so sick of them coming at me again / ’Cause if I was a man, then I’d be the man.”

Review: Taylor Swift’s ‘Lover’ courts – gasp! – adults with grown-up emotional complexity

Well, it’s no wonder she nixed that dopey lyric telling kids spelling is fun: On “Lover,” Taylor Swift turns out not to be speaking to the children who made her one of pop’s biggest stars. When she released “Me!,” her seventh studio album’s oppressively cheerful lead single, the song contained a much-maligned bit in which Swift and her duet partner, Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco, made like a pair of Nick Jr. hosts dispensing hollow after-school encouragement.

Time releases its 100 most influential people issue

Taylor Swift, TV journalist Gayle King and soccer star Mohamed Saleh are among the six famous faces featured on the covers of Time’s annual “100 Most Influential People in the World” issue. The other cover stars also included House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and actors Sandra Oh and Dwayne Johnson. The issue is comprised of short tributes to its honorees that are written by fellow global leaders.