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Mother Is Mothering

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Mother Is Mothering refers to a catchphrase utilized by fans of Taylor Swift and other pop female artists as a form of praise for the artist's work. The phrase references the mother slang term from LGBTQ+ culture and can be interpreted as a different way of saying "yass queen" or "slay."


The earliest usage of the expression mother is mothering found was posted on November 3rd, 2014, by Twitter[1] user @Iikedaylight, a Taylor Swift fan account. The tweet (seen below) shows a selfie between American Actress Aisha Tyler and Taylor, with the caption "I love when my mother is mothering."

oliv | no eras tix @likedaylight Follow i love when my mother is mothering 1 2014 Aisha Tyler 5:22 AM - Nov 3, 2014 1 Reply 1, Share


The expression only gained traction in early 2022 when fans of other pop singers started to use the term to praise their favorite artists. For instance, Twitter[2] user @Cb2Era posted a video of Cardi B on June 4th, 2022, using the expression in the caption to indicate how good the singer was looking. The video (seen below) garnered 366 likes and 48 retweets in a year.

Around March 2023, "Mother is Mothering" became a popular catchphrase among Taylor Swift fans after she initiated her 2023 The Eras Tour across the United States. For instance, Twitter[3] user @taylorslavender posted a picture (seen below, left) of the singer during one of her concerts with the caption "Mother is Mothering," garnering 1,877 likes and 191 retweets in three months.

phoebe TS limit @taylorslavender . Follow MOTHER IS MOTHERING 3:55 PM - Mar 23, 2023 . 1.8K Reply ↑ Share

On May 14th, 2023, Taylor Swift called out her fans that uses the expression by saying “Something that you guys are always saying online is ‘Mother is Mothering!’ Which I think you mean in a totally different context than Mother’s Day…” Twitter[4] user @TSwiftNZ posted the full quote (seen below) from the singer, receiving 2,100 likes and 358 retweets in four days.

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[1] Twitter – @Iikedaylight

[2] Twitter – @Cb2Era

[3] Twitter – @taylorslavender

[4] Twitter – @TSwiftNZ

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