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Taylor Swift Isn’t Always A Great Feminist, But She Just Gave A Powerful Speech On Sexual Assault To Mark The Anniversary Of Her Lawsuit Victory

"I just wanted to say I'm sorry to anyone who wasn't believed."

It’s been one year since Taylor Swift won her lawsuit against the man who sexually assaulted her in public during a 2013 meet and greet.

Swift countersued DJ David Mueller for a single symbolic dollar to serve as an “example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts”, and her win was a huge win for us all.

There are a lot of fair criticisms to make about Taylor Swift, her feminism and her politics. Her feminism is predominantly exclusive to women who are, like her, white and privileged, and she’s been infamously quiet when it comes to crucial things like denouncing Donald Trump.

So it’s great to see Taylor share such powerful words about sexual assault that calls on the need for change and empathises with the many, many victims out there who are not believed.

No one is under any obligation to publicly share anything about their own experiences with sexual assault, which makes the emotional and extremely personal speech Taylor Swift gave on stage at her Reputation tour performance all the more brave and powerful.

“This exact day a year ago, I was not playing a sold out stadium in Tampa. I was in a courtroom in Denver, Colorado, and I was there for a sexual assault case.” Taylor tells her fans.

“This day a year ago was the day the jury decided in my favour, and said that they believed me. I’m don’t want to– I guess I just think about all the people that weren’t believed, and the people who are afraid to speak up because they think they won’t be believed. I just wanted to say I’m sorry to anyone who wasn’t believed, because I don’t know what turn my life would have taken if people didn’t believe me when I said that something had happened to me.”

“I guess I just wanted to say that we have so, so, so much further to go,” She continues. “And I am so grateful to you guys for being there for me during what was a really, really horrible part of my life. I just wanted to say that, and I wanted to thank you for everything.”

I know that when I meet you guys at meet and greets before and after the shows, you tell me about the hard times you’ve gone through in your lives, and I really appreciate you trusting me with that information. You guys have seen me go through so many ups and downs in my life, just due to the public nature of the way my life is, and I’m just so happy to see you and to have you and to know you through the ups and downs of my life. Thank you for everything. I’m sorry, I just haven’t really talked about it, so I’m just not composed at all.”

Fans were given specially made faux single dollar bills to represent the symbolic dollar Swift won in her court case, and instructed to hold them up during her speech to show support for her and all victims of sexual assault.

Taylor Swift may not always be a great feminist, but this was a powerful and brave thing to do. It’s a good reminder that while criticising people is important, we are often very quick to condemn and that is far less useful.

Having someone with as huge a platform as Taylor Swift improve her personal politics is much more helpful than writing her off completely, especially if Swift keeps up this kind of empowering content.

All Hail Queen Beyoncé For Declaring Love For Her FUPA In Vogue And Giving Us All The Green Light To Embrace Our Bodies And Learn What FUPA Means

She's sent the internet into overdrive with her tell-all essay in Vogue's September Issue. Classic Yoncé.

Another day another million and one reasons to praise Beyoncé for gifting us with the honour of her mere existence. This week it’s Yoncé’s already legendary Vogue cover shoot and feature story for the magazine’s prestigious September Issue that has everyone going wild.

Particularly, Beyoncé talking lovingly about her FUPA! In the pages of Vogue! What a time to be alive!

FUPA is everyone’s new favourite buzzword and it’s mandatory that we are all well and truly across it. That’s like, the rules of feminism.

FUPA stands for Fat Upper Pubic Area (or Upper Pussy/Penis Area). Basically, it’s your gut, and it’s great.

Instead of a cover interview, Beyoncé wrote her own personal essay to feature in Vogue that divulges intimate details about her dangerous pregnancy complications that forced her to have an emergency C-Section, her relationship with Jay-Z, her blackness and her body.

It’s an incredible feature that you need to read. Please.

“To this day my arms, shoulders, breasts and thighs are fuller,” Bey shares in reference to her post-pregnancy body. “I have a little mommy pouch, and I’m in no rush to get rid of it. I think it’s real. Whenever I’m ready to get a six-pack, I will go into beast zone and work my ass off until I have it. But right now, my little FUPA and I feel like we are meant to be.”

Trust Beyoncé to not only have her cover be shot by a black photographer (Tyler Mitchell) for the first time in Vogue’s 126-year history, but to also back it up with all of this. She’s truly out-Beyoncé’d herself.

Rarely are terms used to describe our fat imbued with even the faintest hint of positivity, but FUPA is officially a term full of love and gentle body acceptance.

So let’s all be grateful that we exist at the same time as Beyoncé because it is truly a privilege. And let’s all take a note out of Bey’s book and be kind to ourselves and our bodies.

FUPA’s forever.

Taylor Swift Brings Out Special Guest Bryan Adams To Perform His Iconic Hit Summer Of '69 On Stage In Toronto And It's The Best Thing She's Ever Done

TayTay says the 1984 anthem is “one of my favourite songs ever written” and honestly same girl.

The glory of Bryan Adams’ ‘Summer of ’69’ is enough to make even the least expecting listener harbour a sudden love for country music.

And Taylor Swift bringing out Bryan Adams for a high-energy live performance of the hit song is enough to turn just about anyone into a Swift fan.

T.Swift announced to the crowd at the Toronto show of her Reputation tour on Saturday that ‘Summer of ’69’ is one of her “favourite songs ever written”, before kicking off a solo performance of the first verse.

But staying true to her love for theatrics, Swift had the Canadian legend himself rise unannounced onto the stage to take on the rest of his song with her.

The pair deliver a fantastic and enthusiastic duet topped off with improvised vocals and man oh man I wish it was Summer right now.

Swift performed an acoustic version of the song back on her Speak Now tour in 2011, but this collaboration takes the cake. OK, time to go listen to ‘Summer of ’69’ on repeat until Winter is officially over.

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