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You Don’t Tug on Superman’s Cape, You Don't Pull the Mask Off the Lone Ranger, and You Don’t Cross Taylor Swift

 

by Glenn Shepard
August 22, 2017
Category: Epic Women


 

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"“The jury awards you $1”.

That wouldn’t be much of a victory for most plaintiffs.

But for Taylor Swift, it was monumental. And for young women all over the world, it was nothing short of EPIC.

Taylor could have filed a criminal complaint against the former DJ for se*ual assault, but her goal wasn’t to put him in prison. It was to make a simple three word statement that so many men still don’t seem to get:

“No Means No”.

While Taylor’s great on stage, she was even better on the witness stand. The more the defense attorney tried to impugn her testimony, the better she got. Here are a few of her “Greatest Hits” from the trial:


“The only person who would have a direct eye line is someone laying underneath my skirt and we didn’t have anyone positioned there.”

“This is a photo of him with his hand up my skirt. You can ask me a million questions. I’m never going to say anything different.”

“I’m not going to allow you or your client to make me feel in any way that this is my fault… the unfortunate events of his life … are the product of his decisions, not mine.”


A blogger wrote that it was surprising someone as busy and as successful as Taylor would take the time to go through the four-year ordeal and two-year long trial process to make this statement.

But it shouldn’t be, because she has always stood up for herself and I’ve always admired her for that.

My favorite example was at the 2010 Grammy Awards, when she sang “Rhiannon” with Stevie Nicks.

She was apparently a little off key, and a harsh critic accused her of using an audio processor to alter her voice on her records.

In response, she wrote a song titled “Mean”. Here’s an excerpt:

You, with your words like knives and swords and weapons that you use against me.  You with your voice like nails on a chalkboard, calling me out when I'm wounded.  I can see you years from now in a bar, talking over a football game.
With that same big loud opinion but nobody's listening.  Washed up and ranting about the same old bitter things.
But all you are is mean.


The song went Double Platinum and won her two Grammys.

Taylor Swift is the world’s best living example of how a woman can be classy, elegant, kind, and a lady; while being smart, successful, strong, assertive, and not taking garbage from anyone.



To Your Success,


Glenn Shepard


P.S.
 For those too young to know, the title of this article came from a 1972 song by Jim Croce: “You don't tug on Superman's cape. You don't spit into the wind You don't pull the mask off that old Lone Ranger, and you don't mess around with Jim”. He was best known for a different song, “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown”, which was the first record I ever bought.

 

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