For the uninitiated, Swiftie Dads are a phenomenon.

They’re fathers whose daughters are massive Taylor Swift fans.

According to GQ, these dads don’t just chaperone their kids to concerts; they’re dad-sized “groupies” who don the merchandise, sing the songs, and play along.

Gone are ‘bored dads at a One Direction concert.’

These dads are ‘ecstatic about Taylor Swift concerts too’, added GQ.

Although I am completely sceptical about the darker whole behind the ‘Swiftie Dad’ following, I’ll grant the benefit of the doubt.

Full disclosure: I’m not a fan. In fact, style-wise, I’m about as far away from TS as AC/DC is from ABBA.

This said, I can understand why Swift has an army of dads standing with their daughters on the dance floor.

It’s what the Swift brand has to offer, not necessarily the music or the person, that’s attracting fathers.

Common Interest

To better understand the phenomenon, it’s important to understand the context.

Time poverty means many dads are desperate for ways to better connect, and spend quality time with their kids.

The features and benefits of the entire Swift package offer families somewhat age-appropriate, wholesome common ground.

Dads are ditching a bit of dignity, ‘logging untold hours, and dollars’ in the name of love-bombing their daughters — as GQ described it.

The “Swiftie Dad” phenomenon, explained Rob Scharbach,

“Is about being able to relate to my step-daughter, and the stuff that she’s into. [The Swiftie Dad-life helps] keep communication open between us now that she’s a teenager.”

“Having that communication channel open is something that’s very important to me — [through this bonding, my step-daughter knows] she can come to me with anything.”

He told the TODAY show,

“When you look at Taylor Swift interviews, and I’ve watched quite a few now, she’s very loving and just very kind-hearted.”

“If my daughter is going to emulate someone, I would want her to emulate someone like that,” he added.

These dad-sized “groupies” are fans of Taylor’s fans.

Family Affair

There’s also an important distinction here for the cautious observer like me:

The Swiftie Dad phenomenon is about men investing in their relationship with their daughter/s. It’s not — for a clear majority — about them chasing a relationship with Taylor Swift.

Swiftie Dads are sucked into the fandom, conditioned by ‘countless hours spent listening to Taylor songs on the road trips.’

As well as ‘during daily carpool singalongs en route to school, soccer practices, and piano lessons.’

GQ said that they are the byproduct of ‘loving their Swiftie partners, who then helped raise Swiftie kids.’

Some Swiftie Dads are so dedicated, they travel far, even ‘without tickets, because their kids were glad to just “be breathing the same air” as their favourite artist on the planet.’

The average age of this ‘legion of guardians’ interviewed by the magazine was 50.

While I’m openly cynical about 50-year-old men cheering on a 33-year-old woman, in the name of “doing it for the kids”, the daddy-daughter gig has merit.

Without a doubt, pop icon Taylor Swift is uniting dads and their daughters like no other contemporary artist.

Actors Channing Tatum and Kevin Costner see the value in this too.

‘I had an amazing time with my daughter at the [Era’s show]. I was absolutely blown away watching her art bring so many people together.’

‘I’m officially a Swiftie!’ Costner wrote on Instagram.

Swift’s delicate longevity and the economic powerhouse surrounding her platform comes down to selling stylish modesty, rather than sex.

Taylor Swift isn’t P!NK, Lady Gaga, Lizzo, or J-Lo.

That’s unique – even counter-cultural – in an era of over-sexualisation, easy temptation, and clothes-free, fast-money image management.


Photo by Makaiyla Willis/Wikimedia Commons.

About the Author: Rod Lampard

Rod, his wife Jonda, and their five kids are homeschooling veterans. Rod spent 12 years in management at Koorong, has a Bachelor’s Degree in Ministry & Theology, and is a writer for the theological, politically edgy news site Caldron Pool. Rod also writes for the Spectator. Find his personal blog here.

One Comment

  1. johnson johns August 22, 2023 at 10:07 pm - Reply

    what about ‘the diversity’…I don’t see it!

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