Even in 2017, for some reason, people still choose to believe that feminism is a right reserved for a certain group of people, whether that be for the privileged or those who are in need of a voice, or for those of a specific skin colour, class of living, demographic locations, instead of a global cry to uplift everyone beside us in a pursuit for a better world together.
Which is why, though upsetting, that it’s unsurprising that there’s barely any public sort of support for Taylor Swift’s ongoing trial.
The gist of the case stems back to an incident in 2013, where the accused, former KYGO morning show host David Mueller allegedly inappropriately touched Taylor Swift during a meet-and-greet session. He was fired days after the incident, and sued her, Swift’s mother, and her radio promotions director, in 2015 in claims that the accusations were false and had cost him his job at the time. Swift in return is countersuing him for a $1; make of that what you will.
There’s no denying that a lot of things sound incredibly simple in theory, but turns into a gigantic complication when it’s being carried out in reality, and feminism isn’t exempted from this. But, still. How is there possibly an eerie silence across the board that’s seemingly populated by overwhelming social justice warriors, feminists that are usually more than ready to gear up, support and defend one of their kind at all costs?
Is it because she’s the Taylor Swift? Is it because her entire career is pretty much based on making catchy songs off of her prolific love life? Is it because of the numerous problematic scandals she’s been involved in? Is it because it’s still the “in” thing to drag her name through the mud, even if you don’t even know a single thing about this woman?
There is something seriously wrong when we use any kind of answer for any of the questions above to justify why we wouldn’t show our support for this woman. It’s even more sickening when feminism is constantly being heralded and touted as a means for a more equal society, and yet you refuse to use it to support a person who has been sexually harassed and is forced to recount her entire experience for the entirety of the world wide web, irregardless of who she is.
And if you’re arguing that it’s because she’s not actually a feminist herself, not in the way you’d define it, at least, then it’s time to take a step back and collect your coat on the way out.
Feminism doesn’t exist because your faves are involved in notable, global projects that genuinely help to ease the lives of those less unfortunate. Feminism doesn’t exist because a man washed the dishes once, without complaint, without being told to do so. Feminism doesn’t exist so you can justify who’s a feminist and who isn’t.
Feminism doesn’t exist just for your faves to use as an over-recycled anthem to make themselves relevant in current, mainstream media.
So the next time you come rushing to the defence of your faves against the tyranny of Internet trolls and keyboard warriors, maybe channel back some of that energy into real world causes run by fellow feminists who just want to see a better world for everyone else; and I do mean, everyone else. Because at the end of the day, feminism isn’t a VIP club for those with an entry ticket of five hundred tweets against sexists; it is a right to stand up against your sexual harasser and not be in any way remotely ridiculed for the way you look like in your courtroom sketch.