i’ve kind of said this before but avril and taylor’s projections into the teen world (& there’s a distinction here to be made with New Adult Taylor and tbh also New…. “Adult…” Avril… who is like… less adult and more performatively bratty and I LOVE IT obvs but, anyway) aren’t… not similar in some key ways, like, they both successfully to their fanbases positioned themselves as an outsider while being people it’s not impossible to be skeptical of when they talk about their outsider status. like, as teenagers they both IMO kind of presented an image of, like, “shunned by the popular clique and deeply scarred by it.” with different flavors, avril is more sullen and taylor is more moony about it and this is also reflected in their Songs About Dudes to some extent. but, like. if you go to youtube pages for both of them there are soooo many “she stole my diary” comments and that’s like, not irrelevant, i think. they both have an aspect of Not Like Other Girls that i think is easily maligned by adult feminists but which i think can resonate for reasons rooted in insecurity. “she’s better known for the things that she does on the mattress” isn’t not “BITCH SLUT PSYCHO BABE.” girlfriend isn’t not you belong with me, and i don’t even mean the videos that much.
but, those are both sort of later stage, and really what you wanna look at here is that avril’s unwanted and taylor’s the outside are, or at least can be read, both pretty good songs about feeling confused and sad about not understanding girl code.
tl;dr in a culturally projected high school social map avril is (“is,” was performatively positioning herself as) a hot topic punk (i DO NOT mean that disparagingly just, u kno, Facts) and taylor is (“is,” see above) a band geek. (and avril maybe did kind of position herself or at least definitely was positioned [as positioning herself? hmmm] as like, Against the popular girl clique of like britney et al. but idt taylor has ever really done that)