Taylor Swift Fighting the Patriarchy

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In the headlines we see Taylor Swift is currently in a legal battle with David Mueller, but it raises the question, is this a sociological problem (which often occurs in this industry) or perhaps just one guy who made a mistake? There is no doubt in my mind that Taylor Swift is honest in her allegations that “former radio DJ for KYGO, inappropriately touched her at a backstage meet-and-greet at Denver’s Pepsi Center in June 2013.” There is photo evidence confirming this account as well as eye witnesses so this is not a discussion on guilty or not guilty; nevertheless, “Mueller said his hand was touching Swift’s skirt after he put his arm around her and their arms got crossed.” Even so, “Her bodyguard Greg Dent has testified in a deposition that he had seen Mueller lift Swift’s skirt, the lawyer told jurors.” CNN reports that the photographer of the photo in question also noticed Swift “made a funny move during the photo, at first believing she had tripped. Stephanie Simbeck said she is sure Mueller grabbed Swift’s rear end but couldn’t tell whether his hand went under her skirt.”

I believe that it takes a lot of bravery to stand up against perverts like these in the court of law which can be a traumatic experience (having to face your assaulter); unfortunately, Swift’s bravery will not protect her from negative feedback and hate which just proves that the issue is sociological aka sexism in America. As someone who has experienced an assault and went to trial back in 2014, the hate I received from people I never knew was astonishing. Why do people feel that they have the right to victimize a survivor?

Ironically, this whole legal battle started when “Mueller, 55, sued Swift in 2015 for damages, saying that the singer had falsely accused him of groping her, according to Reuters.” The truth prevailed in this case though when a Denver judge dismissed Mueller’s lawsuit against Swift. Perhaps Mueller should have thought twice before touching another human being sexually and without consent. But Swift is not a victim in this case with witty and tough responses, “Looking at the photo, McFarland asked Swift why the front of her skirt did not appear to be lifted.

“Because my ass is located in the back of my body,” Swift said.

McFarland also noted that Swift was closer to Melcher than Mueller in the photo.

“Yes, she did not have her hand on my ass,” Swift replied.”

It’s important to note that in these types of cases the defence attorney will do anything to slut-shame the victim so the jurors see the individual in a different light. I think Taylor did a good job of staying level headed in her testimony while also defending her honor. It’s a humiliating experience for both parties and people need to be more sensitive. Although the trial proceeds, if he were to be proven not guilty that does not mean the assault wasn’t committed; however, there would have to be a reasonable doubt not to prosecute Mueller. For anyone who believes this assault happened but isn’t a big deal, consider “Swift, 27, also testified that a “light switched off in my personality” after the incident. Her mom Andrea emotionally testified the day before that changes were made in regards to Swift’s tour meet-and-greets after the alleged assault. “It’s absolutely shattered our trust. Our meet-and-greets are much smaller. We have metal detectors. We do background checks. It scared us really badly,” said Andrea in court.”

Sexual assault has long term effects and Swift will have to live with them in the public eye.

Encouragingly, Swift is using this case for a more symbolic purpose suing the DJ for $1 with the goal of helping women who have been assaulted too. “Her attorney told jurors they aren’t trying to bankrupt a former Colorado DJ accused of groping the pop superstar before a concert, but they do want others to know “that you can always say no.”” Her team also discussed to jurors how wrong it was that this picture comes out of Swift being assaulted and then SHE gets sued. This is a long-developing epidemic here in the United States where women are objectified and blamed for their sexualization. I like to consider myself an equalist (formerly known as feminism)- that both men and women (and others) deserve equal respect in this world. Believing in the political, social, and economic equality of all people is something everyone should support. Treat others the way you would like to be treated and always get consent before engaging in sexual activities. As Ellen Degenerous says “Be kind to one another.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/taylor-swift-suit-tossed_us_598e4280e4b09096429720f7?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009

http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/11/us/taylor-swift-trial/index.html

http://people.com/music/taylor-swift-groping-trial-judge-dismisses-djs-case/

http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/10/us/taylor-swift-trial-testimony/index.html

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/taylor-swift-wants-groping-case-to-serve-as-example/

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/entertainment/music-news-reviews/article166193567.html

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