Taylor Swift: Finally, a Feel-Good Teen Idol

It's OK if your kids like her—she's no Miley, Britney, or Paris
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 16, 2009 12:37 PM CDT

(Newser) – Nine-year-old girls can get thong underwear at Wal-Mart, and the hypersexualized antics of Miley et al. rule the headlines. So Hans Eisenbeis was understandably concerned when his ultrasheltered 11-year-old took a shine to Taylor Swift. “Is she too grown up for Phoebe?” he writes for DoubleX. “Is Swift teaching my daughter to define herself by her relationships to bad boys and the frustrating quest for Prince Charming?”

To find out, he took Phoebe to a Swift concert—where he was impressed with her lack of “slumming” and all-around feel-goodness. But what is her ultimate message to the boys of the world? “Don’t be bad, or Taylor Swift will write a song about you,” as Phoebe put it. “And whatever else you can say about Taylor Swift,” Eisenbeis concludes, he’s happy his daughter “believes one girl’s music can make the world a better place, one boy at a time.”