What’s Current: Taylor Swift wins civil sexual assault lawsuit

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Taylor Swift wins civil sexual assault lawsuit against DJ David Mueller. Swift, who was awarded a symbolic $1 in damages, issued a written statement after the verdict saying:

“I acknowledge the privilege that I benefit from in life, in society and in my ability to shoulder the enormous cost of defending myself in a trial like this… My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard. Therefore, I will be making donations in the near future to multiple organizations that help sexual assault victims defend themselves.”

Police are still searching for the man who pushed a woman in front of a bus in London in May because she was in the way of his jogging path.

Swedish journalist Kim Wall is missing after boarding a submarine built by Peter Madsen, a Danish man who she was profiling.

UK MP Jess Phillips: Men on the left are the “absolute worst.”

Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer remembered for her dedication to social justice.

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  • Hekate Jayne

    The alt right has denigrated Heather Heyer, saying that she was fat, that she was a waste (because she didn’t have kids), and saying that since she is dead, that somehow, they will be saving money (???) because they don’t have to feed her.

    She had a fucking job. Do they think that they had rights to her paycheck?

    And the president has went on and on about BOTH SIDES, THO (because you know, the nazis and the allies, BOTH sides were violent, BOTH sides had their issues).

    And he has not called Heather Heyer’s mother. Want to know why that is?

    It is because trump doesn’t view Heather Heyer as a human being. THAT’S WHY. He views her as he views ALL OF US. We are breeders, incubators, sex machines, sandwich makers, those that possess a pussy for him to grab. Something to stick his dick in.

    Fuck him. I hope that he gets every horrible thing that he deserves.

    And that assfuck has said repeatedly that ms. Heyer’s mother has said nice things about him. But I can’t find evidence of that anywhere. If anyone sees it, I would appreciate the share.

    Fucking males. We can’t count on them for one single thing except for violence. That, they have covered.

    • Atheist

      I made a comment somewhere else about the culture of sadism in America. After a few minutes, I realized “who am I kidding.”

      This is the Patriarchy. Things are this way because MEN decided they should be this way. Men are the ones with the political, financial, and social power. If MEN didn’t want live like they were wallowing in a cesspool of psychopathy, they would have said NO to it a long time ago.

      And women? Well we’ve never been asked how we want to live, which says everything.

      • Hekate Jayne

        Patriarchy works exactly like the males want it to.

        When males want something, it gets done. When women have needs, males will get around to it.

        Maybe they will. If they aren’t confused, of course.

        And males are just so busy, you know. They are going to make things somewhat fair for us.

        Really. I mean, it’s just so tricky and males are working at it.

        Believe it.

    • Amy

      Funny how the media has had nonstop coverage of VA and the alt right’s racism, but no coverage of SEXISM like badmouthing this innocent victim. I’m not saying we shouldn’t call out the Alt right for their terrible racism, but the media never mentions what they’re saying about Heather.

  • Sashimi73

    Taylor Swift is one of my new heroes! I look forward to listening to more of her music (legally). It was very principled and courageous of her to stand up for herself and for women.

  • Rachael

    Have to hand it to her, Taylor was one classy act during this whole mess. Good on her.

    • -Jane Don’t-

      I really don’t like Taylor Swift’s music, but I do have to commend her on this one. I respect her for her actions and think she was very brave to come forward. Hell, I was raped when I was 24 and never pressed charges. She has more guts than me. Lady, I tip my hat to you!

  • -Jane Don’t-

    Ms. Heyer sounds like she was a wonderful, kind person. It’s really sad that a person like her was killed so tragically. We need more like her in the world.

  • Amy

    Yep! In this world I would want to be born ANY race of male (ANY!!!) than even a white rich female. People who think otherwise are clearly in denial. One of a million examples I could give…Obama got the nom over Clinton even though she had more experience. I’m not dissing Obama, but he had little political experience, especially compared to HRC. Obama even admitted this in 2016, he said HRC was the most experienced and qualified person to run for POTUS ever (so he was including himself).

    “So, here we have white dudes fighting with black dudes over statues of other dudes.

    And who gets killed?

    A woman.”

    So sad but true.

    • Hekate Jayne

      Yep. It just so happens that in the US, the UK, and Canada, it’s white dudes.

      In India it’s brown guys. Africa, black dudes.

      But it’s always males. Globally. Always.

  • Tobysgirl

    Did anyone see the three “Trump supporters” on CBS News Wednesday evening? Two black women and one white woman. I was trying to figure out how much money I would need to be paid to do what these women did. My husband feels very strongly that they were paid and it makes sense — how else to find two black women who supported and continue to support Trump?

    • Hekate Jayne

      I watch the CBS evening news every day, out of habit.

      I saw those 3. I think that they were being honest. I think that they told us who they are. And I believe them.

      It’s still shocking, though. I consider anyone that aligns themselves with trump to be a misogynist, sexist, racist, and an all around asshole.

      That includes those 3 women.

  • Anthocerotopsida

    Haha! Taylor was all, not today groper! Let that be a lesson to all you gropers out there! I’m giddy just imagining taking a groper to court. Thought you were gonna get away with it, didn’t ya sucker?!

  • Morag999

    Re: the disappearance of Kim Wall.


    “A headless and limbless corpse found in waters off Denmark was deliberately mutilated, say Copenhagen police.

    “But they say it is still too early to say whether it is the remains of Swedish journalist Kim Wall.

    “She was last seen alive on 10 August as she departed on a trip with submarine inventor Peter Madsen.

    “He initially said he had dropped her off safely near Copenhagen, but has since said she died in an accident and that he had ‘buried’ her at sea.”