Taylor Swift entirely deserved to be labelled as a Time Person Of The Year and a ‘silence breaker’ over sexual abuse, infers Jill Gutowitz of Glamour. The assertion that she is not a supporter of women’s rights is unfair to her and dismissive of her own suffering as a victim of harassment. Criticism over her abstaining from the #metoo and anti-Trump movements is unwarranted. Swift fought her own battles. She sued DJ David Mueller over him having groped her for a symbolic $1. This was meant as a statement, which empowered women, more than anything. In fact, it resulted in a 35% increase in calls to a national abuse line.
Taylor Swift’s watered down ‘girl power’ activism in no way warrants the titles and plaudits that Time Magazine has gifted her, proclaims Amy Zimmerman of The Daily Beast. While she did score a big victory in suing and winning against the man that sexually assaulted her, her constant refusal to use her fame for feminism is incredibly disappointing. Swift has made sure to distance herself from the women’s protest or any criticism of the president. It seems that since such behavior could hurt her profits she refrains from it. She is not a ‘silence breaker.’ That term should be reserved for women that took disruptive and meaningful action.