As most people know, today Taylor Swift is taking the stand today against the man who groped her.
I’ve spent some time thinking how I would address this since it is equally known how many problems I have with her.
I’ve seen many of her fans claim that “feminists” (some including “third wave” in front of that?) don’t care because it’s Taylor and that’s why “no one” is saying anything.
That intersectional feminists legitimately think it’s funny when “white feminists” are assaulted.
I’ve also seen that us “feminists” can keep our mouths shut since we don’t get a cookie for saying we find her problematic but no woman deserves what has happened to her.
But here’s the thing about feminism, it’s never easy to be one or to practice it.
Feminism isn’t simply a tool to use when it is convenient to you to try to win an argument, defend yourself, or be part of a cool trend since 2014.
Feminism is most important and necessary when it is needed to support a woman you don’t like, who you disagree with, or who may have done things you don’t agree with.
If your feminism doesn’t include all women then it isn’t really feminism.
So while Taylor’s trial, whether she is successful or not, is not a victory for all women as the vast majority of women will never be able to take their abusers to trial let alone win,
it signifies a teeny tiny baby step forward in our culture to recognize that even the most powerful, wealthy,
and famous women can still have their bodies physically violated without their permission.
And if the younger girls and women who look up to her can unlearn cultural norms that “it happens to ever woman, deal with it” then even a little bit of progress should be considered a victory.