August 11, 2017

This year’s Time Person of the Year isn’t a Person, it’s a Movement.

Latest: #MeToo movement named Time magazine’s Person of the Year.

“Even as the image of Time’s cover spread across the internet, Weinstein faced a fresh lawsuit on Wednesday from six women and, separately, a group of female US legislators publicly demanded Senator Al Franken resign over accusations that he groped constituents and co-workers.” ~ The Guardian

Update: You’ll never guess who has just been accused of the exact same behavior: I’m sad to report that President George HW Bush is also accused of same:

…According to Ms. Grolnick’s account, Mr. Bush then “reached his right hand around to my behind, and as we smiled for the photo he asked the group, ‘Do you want to know who my favorite magician is?’ As I felt his hand dig into my flesh, he said, ‘David Cop-a-Feel!’ ”

Ms. Lind, an actress on the television series “Turn,” told a similar story in an Instagram post on Tuesday. She later deleted the post, in which she had described the events around having her picture taken with Mr. Bush at a promotional event for the show in 2014. And Ms. Kline, a novelist, detailed her experience in an article for Slate on Thursday, saying that Mr. Bush had made the same joke about “David Cop-a-Feel” to her.

read the rest here.

Original article follows: Taylor Swift shows how to respond to Victim-Blaming re: this alleged Groping Photo.

Update: “Taylor Swift: judge dismisses DJ’s case against pop star.”

“He did not touch my ribs. He did not touch my arm. He did not touch my hand. He grabbed my bare ass.”

Too often, we put victims on the stand. Yes, we need proof—or overwhelming evidence—to hold someone responsible. There’s a lot of gray area legally, if not ethically, in weighing justice. But this appears to be a strong case—read the NY Times article, linked at bottom—and, most powerfully, Taylor’s own witty testimony skewers Mr. Mueller’s behavior, and claims, in his suit against her.

“I’m not going to allow you or your client to make me feel like this was my fault, because it isn’t.

“I’m being blamed for the unfortunate events of his life that are a product of his decisions. Not mine.” ~ Ms. Swift. 

My personal favorite:

Wasn’t Swift critical of her bodyguard, who didn’t prevent such an obvious assault?

“I’m critical of your client sticking his hand under my skirt and grabbing my ass[.]”

“Pressed on what she could have done differently, she said ” your client could have taken a normal photo with me”. Excellent response Taylor, to yet another question that blames the assault victim for the assault. ~ NY Times comment.

Here’s the photo in question, via…aghhhh…TMZ: (click for article at TMZ)

Via the NY Times, which notes that she defended herself with humor and strength on the stand (she is being sued by Mr. Mueller for destroying his career):

At one point, for example, Mr. McFarland asked why, in the photograph she took with Mr. Mueller, the hem of her skirt does not appear to be pushed up in the front.

“Because my ass is located on the back of my body,” Ms. Swift said, earning smiles from several jurors.

She was firm in her depiction of Mr. Mueller’s behavior.

“He did not touch my ribs,” she said, referring to Mr. Mueller’s testimony earlier in the week about the possibility he had inadvertently touched Ms. Swift. “He did not touch my arm. He did not touch my hand. He grabbed my bare ass.”

When Mr. McFarland asked whether Mr. Mueller had groped her more than once, she responded: “Other than grabbing my ass against my will, underneath my skirt, and refusing to let go, he did not otherwise touch me inappropriately.”

Click here for the rest at the NY Times.

And, she looks out for others: Taylor Swift Shows Her Support for Kesha With $250,000 Donation Amid Ongoing Legal Battle With Dr. Luke.

Relephant round:

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Dara Reed Aug 12, 2017 4:47am

She behaved as a strong, intelligent woman behaves - with dignity and without apology.

Michael Perkins Aug 11, 2017 9:07pm

"“Pressed on what she could have done differently, she said ” your client could have taken a normal photo with me”" Exactly this. The onus isn't on Taylor to have done anything differently, it's on this sleaze to keep his damn hands to himself.

Sarah Jane Bennett Aug 11, 2017 2:29am

She's standing up for herself AND showing solidarity with Kesha! I LOVE Her even more! When Strong Women stabd up for themselves and one another against weak men it changes the world for the better

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