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