clearly she does

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Don’t look back. Just look at me”

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Jon Choking Littlefinger

I’ll start right away by saying that plotwise, if Jonsa isn’t happening (it is happening in s8), Jon choking LF, didn’t forward the story in any way, at all. 

The crypt scene could’ve easily not have had LF in it, it could’ve just been Jon looking at Ned, then heading out, mounting his horse, turning around, smiling and waving goodbye at Sansa, and it would’ve worked perfectly, no need for the choking scene, but they included it it anyway. Why?

It had already been made very clear to us that he’d die for her, kill for her in season 6. I mean he almost beat Ramsay to death, he fought a war for her. So yeah, there was no reason to show him being so aggressive towards someone connected to Sansa, again; towards someone who declared his love for her, to him.

Again, you gotta ask yourself, why then? 

That scene added nothing to Jon’s plot/story in s7. Nothing, but the fact that he loves Sansa, fiercely.

D&D had him threaten LF, that if he touches Sansa (for a platonic relationship, the word harm, would’ve worked much better, but yeah… D&D settled for touch, more than once) he’s going to kill him. Now, we all know Jon’s threats were meaningless, they literally were empty threats, because LF was meant to be later executed by Sansa, Arya & Bran. So why add that choking scene then? If Jon wasn’t even going to carry out the threat?

D&D for “some 😉” reason wanted to keep reminding us, even in season 7, just how much Jon loves Sansa, just how possessive and protective he is of her, because for “some 😉” reason it’s clearly very important to the plot.

“She’s his sister, of course he’s protective of her.” Ok, fair enough, but the scene where he almost beats Ramsay to death, the scene where Sansa says “He’ll keep me safe, I trust him.”, the one where she tells him “Father couldn’t protect me, neither can you, so stop trying.” and he says “I’ll stop trying to protect you when […]”, and the scene where he tells her “I’ll never let him touch you again. I’ll protect you, I promise.”, were more than enough to get that message across, the viewers got the memo Jon cares deeply for Sansa in S6, no need to waste precious screentime, and money on it any further in S7, and yet, they did. That choking scene, only ended up making the goodbye scene between Jon and Sansa, more powerful, more intense, more meaningful; it gave it a romantic feel.

D&D kept showing us, that Jon is very protective towards Sansa, in a territorial way, almost in a “don’t you dare, don’t you dare touch her, get near her, she’s mine; mine to protect, mine to take care of, mine to love.” kind of way. I cannot see another reason why D&D would simply bother so much, waste so much screentime, to show us just how much he loves Sansa, and how much Sansa loves him, over and over again, if they’re not building them up for romance in S7.

Again, exclude Jonsa, and that scene doesn’t make any sense, exclude Jonsa, and that scene was absolutely pointless/useless. I highly doubt they’d waste money to pay the actors, to shoot a scene that brings absolutely nothing to the plot. No. They wouldn’t. Same thing with the scenes with Tyrion “a sham marriage, unconsummated”, I mean, why add that? Why add a scene with Jon, where Sansa where her (not)bedding is being discussed? lol And Theon, “What you did for her, is the only reason I’m not killing you.”, which translates to, you betrayed my family, I should kill you right now, but you saved her, and she saved me in return, she means the world to me, she’s all I have left, all because you helped her, so I’ll let you live, I won’t kill you.

He’s miles away from her, and Sansa keeps being brought up, he’s miles away from her, and Sansa keeps bringing Jon up. D&D did not want us to forget about Sansa’s and Jon relationship, they didn’t want us to forget their love for each other, even while being miles and miles apart from one another.

So yeah, the only purpose that choking scene served, was of enlightening (some of) the viewers at home (the majority are still clueless lol… my sweet summer children🙈), it served to make Littlefinger (and us) realize, Jon has strong feelings for Sansa, which later led Littlefinger to tease Sansa about a Jon/Dandelion alliance/marriage to see her reaction, to see if she feels the same way towards him, and what he got from her, was an incredulous “You think he wants to marry her?!”. I mean look at her expression, how she raises her eyebrows, she’s literally like, “What? Jon wouldn’t marry her/do that? Would he?”

I must say, Sansa also seems to be quite possessive of Jon, as well. Her reply to LF was odd, for a sister. It’s as if this whole time, she thought she’d never have to share him with anyone, that he’d always be hers, that she’d be the only one he gave his attention and love to. As if the thought, that Jon will marry someone at some point, never even crossed her mind, which would be, well, weird, to say the least, if she only had sisterly feelings towards him, which she clearly does not

This season we also got the “What about happy? Why aren’t you happy? What do you want, that you do not have?” question from Littlefinger, a question which she doesn’t answer, well, she does answer, but by avoiding the question, “At the moment, peace and quiet.”, which is like, at the moment what I’d very much like/want, is for you to stop moving your mouth and get tf out of my sight. lol I love sassy/savage Sansa 😆 Fact remains, she did not answer his question, so it’s left to the audience, to answer the question for her.

I’m pretty sure many of the viewers sitting at home, answered that question in their head. I watched this episode with a group of friends, there were 10 of us, they all thought (me included) that love is what’s missing in her life, that love is what she wants, what she still wants. Sansa, despite all that’s happened to her, she still wants love, I mean, there’s nothing else missing in her life, she’s home, surrounded by friends, she has Jon, and she’s safe, again, the only thing missing in her life, is love. 

I don’t even want to imagine what it must feel like for her, to have feelings for Jon, that she thinks she’s not supposed to have (bc you know, she doesn’t know he’s her cousin, yet), to know they can never be. I think that, that, is what makes her unhappy, and I assume, very, very frustrated too, and I ssume, also pretty mad at the Gods, for being so cruel, for playing sick jokes on her, for denying her love, time and time again. 

Going back to LF, I think at this point, after getting that incredulous, somewhat shocked reply from her, after seeing just how loyal she is towards Jon, that nothing he could say nor do, would ever turn her against him, Littlefinger is pretty sure both Sansa and Jon have strong feelings for each other, and that, that’s why he failed to come between them, why he failed and is continuing to fail to turn Sansa against him. 

Note: Him failing to get between Jon and Sansa, is also why he changed his strategy, and decided to try and pit Sansa and Arya against each other, which, let me tell you, had he succeeded, as a consequence/chain reaction, he would’ve managed to come between Jon and Sansa as well, because Jon would’ve never forgiven Sansa, if she had executed Arya. Had LF managed to manipulate Sansa into killing Arya, he would’ve isolated her from the other Starks, which was his plan/main goal all along.

“What are you talking about, Littlefinger doesn’t think Jon and Sansa have feelings for each other, he thinks/knows they’re brother and sister, he’d never think they could fall for each other.” Yeah… emh, this is the same character who said this, in S2 (season 2 is where D&D started with all the foreshadowing btw): 

Jon’s reaction was completely out of place, he could’ve simply threatened him, told him “you stay away from her/I’m warning you, to stay away from her, or else…” or something along those lines, but no, D&D had him in full snap mode, instead. 

I mean, nothing else LF said got a reaction out of him, nothing. D&D deliberately had him snap at the I love Sansa. As I loved her mother.” He snarled, slammed him on the wall, full force, like, really violently, all the while growling, literally like a wolf (going back to the territorial behaviour), we’ve never heard him growl like that, never, and he almost chokes him to death, but somehow manages to stop himself from doing so.

Then he casually get’s out the crypts, and D&D proceed to give us that beautiful, heartbreaking/heartfelt goodbye. Jon turns, waves goodbye and sweetly, but sadly smiles at her, as if nothing happed just two minutes ago in the crypts lol Sansa waves back, and she also sweetly, but sadly smiles back at him. 😭💔

 And then? Littlefinger comes out the crypts, confused af by what just happened. I think LF here, is supposed to represent the audience. The audience, just like him, should go “wtf was that?/wtf just happened?/wth did he react like that/so violently?”, and then go “oh, oooh, omg! OMG!!!”, just like LF is going in his head. Then he looks up, only to see Sansa looking melancholically in Jon’s direction, even if Jon is no longer in view now, and she looks so worried, sad and heartbroken.

You can literally see all the wheels turning in LF’s head, in the gif above.

Conclusion: If Jonsa wasn’t bound to happen in S8, this scene would’ve never happened. Jon choking Littlefinger, was included because of Jonsa, it had no other purpose, but to further Jonsa, to show the viewers, through Jon’s actions, and LF’s reaction, that Jon’s behaviour and feelings towards Sansa are very intense/strong and “slightly” inappropriate.

#JonsaIsComing 💙

anonymous asked:

I want you to know that I had a semi-nightmare involving a lot of half-naked Angie and Yandere Saihara after seeing that post. I'm. So confused. Why did I have that dream. Why was Angie half-naked. Why did Saihara have teeth as sharp as a freaking alligator. These are the questions I will never have answers to.

the answer is that i… may have made an au on the words “half-naked angie” and “teeth as sharp as a freaking alligator”…

congrats, i guess we might have a cult au on our hands??? HaHA,,,,

also, saihara with sharp teeth..!! in my elusive, super serious style. he actually looks rlly good–

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I can’t believe a rhythmic gymnast can snatch me like this with jazz

Raven & Yang, or: Bird mum vs. Firecracker

…and can you make a long post just about Raven’s facial expressions in one scene? Yes, I can. 

Well, it’s also about what she says. 

I watched this scene over and over again, especially because it ended up being so different than how I expected it to be. I think it was really interesting and there might be a lot more to it than we know by now. 

We probably all had our expectations. Raven being mad at Yang. Raven not wanting to talk to her. Raven being a major bitch to her. All in all just Raven disappointing Yang and all her expectations. 

Turned out it would be the other way around. 

Look at Raven when she takes her mask off and says Yang’s name. Her voice almost sounds soft, and just look at her face. 

But immediately after that moment she switched into a more theatrical mode (that word just seems appropriate, also she’s literally standing on a stage). She talked to Qrow in the same way at first when she met him in that bar back in Volume 4. Big words, big gestures, not talking about what’s really on her mind. There’s a pattern here. Raven puts on this stage persona to be in control of the situation. 

Raven acts like… she is acting. Cocky, sassy, confident. It seems like a mask (actually she’s wearing an actual mask, what is that for?) and it slips sometimes, but what is really behind it? 

Raven says “So after all this time you finally decided to visit me” and… that sounds like she actually waited for her to visit her. Her offering to answer all of Yang’s questions sounds like she has been thinking about this, about the questions Yang might have and the answers she wants to give her. We always thought Raven didn’t want to talk to Yang, but what if she did? 

What kept Raven from talking to Yang? She could have easily stepped by considering her semblance and the bond between them. Did she wait for Yang to be strong enough to find her? Did she believe Yang had to find her first, earn it? Is it something we don’t know about yet? 

But Yang just gets angry. Understandibly. She has searched for Raven and now Raven acts like it has always just been up to her to find her. The interesting part here is that Yang calls Raven out on knowing she has been looking for her. How does Yang know Raven knew? Did Tai tell her? But how would he know? Qrow?

Also look at how her hand is shaking again. 

“Family. Only coming around when they need something.” For a moment I’m almost convinced Raven is actually hurt. But what does she expect? Does she actually expect more? Is she more talking about Qrow here? 

“I have to say I’m disappointed. After all you found me, didn’t you? Why not take that drive and use it to find your little sister if she really means that much to you.” I think she really hoped Yang would be there for her and not just because she wanted something. It sounds like she really is disappointed. 

Also I can’t leave out her face when she mentions Tai. 

Tai explaining Raven’s semblance to Yang and knowing that Yang and Raven have a bond leaves the question how much time Yang and Raven actually had to bond after Yang was born. Was Raven still with Tai when Yang was born? Did he ever see the two of them together? Or did Raven leave when she found out she was pregnant and dropped Yang off on his doorstep after she was born?

That Raven doesn’t trust Ozpin but trusted him once is something I suspected for quite a while. Her facial expressions are quite telling here. There must be a story behind and, she won’t let Yang go without telling her all about him and I can’t wait to hear that. 

“Maybe you take a moment to wonder if you’re already where you belong.” Raven wants Yang to stay with her tribe. She already gave up fighting Salem, because this fight is “too big for all of us”, she just wants to survive, she wants to make sure her people survive, and to her not picking a side seems to be their best chance right now. She offers Yang to stay with them, she thinks she belongs with them, her tribe, with her. 

The tribe, at least in Raven’s eyes, is the safest place for Yang right now. “You don’t want to get caught up in all this, Yagn.” She wants Yang to survive. 

“Oh, aren’t you stubborn.” The way she looks at her, almost… fondly. Maybe she sees herself in her. 

“I get it from my mum.” 

“Well if that’s how you feel then it sounds like we’re done here.” 

And here I am lost because yes, this is a major “Fuck you” towards Raven, but everything Yang has said so far was a big “Fuck you, mum”. Why does this cross a line for Raven? Or is she just done with this in general? 

But when she turns around she almost looks sad. 

When Raven realises Yang and Weiss know each other she just sighs and immediately stops treating Weiss like a prisoner. She gives her her weapon back and wants both of them in her tent to talk about Ozpin. Not just Yang. Both of them. 

Even though Raven just said they are done she won’t let Yang go without telling her the truth. Something she thinks Yang needs to know. Maybe she still hopes Yang will change her mind about Ozpin. Maybe she just wants Yang to survive. 

Raven seemed way more sympathetic than I expected. This is not how someone would act who doesn’t care about Yang. Remember, she literally bonded with her before she left. Raven loves her, she clearly does. She still isn’t a good mum, but I think there is much more to her than we all expected. There is a story behind this and I can’t wait to find out what really happened and why she left.

It’s heartbreaking to watch. Yang rejecting her and being so much like her visibly upsets Raven. 

Yang and Raven are both hotheaded and determined. Of course they clashed. They are too similar. Yang is so Raven’s daughter.

We have yet to find out why Raven really left, but I think we will get answers soon. But this scene was amazing and I can’t wait to get to know Raven better.

Dear everyone victim blaming this girl who exposed Xander Berkeley.

Those of you saying she’s faked the DM’s and posting videos about how it’s done on a web browser. 

1. Her first exposing screen captures were shots from her cellphone. You can’t fake those with editing website code, and you’d have to have hours on your hands to edit the screen shots.
2. She literally uploaded videos of her logging into her account and scrolling up through the DM’s. Even if she used some website trickery to fake the DM’s, as soon as she exited out of the DM’s the code would change and she’d have to enter it all over again, but she clearly does not do that in the video.

Those of you saying the picture he drew of her isn’t of her but of some actress/TV character.
1. You are wrong!
2. I don’t want to link the picture but there is a selfie this girl took on her Twitter from March (which fits with the dates on her phone) where she looks exactly the same as the picture he drew.
3. It looks like he drew it in the same sketchbook he’s drawn other’s in.

Here’s a collage of the images put together and I’ve obscured her face for her protection but you can rest assured that’s absolutely her in the drawing.

And the sketchbook with which he drew Steven Ogg looks remarkably similar too. You can’t fake art style and there are numerous drawings on his IG account that are without question the same style as that drawing of this girl.

This drawing is from a different sketchbook but it clearly shows his style https://www.instagram.com/p/BVdnKqolzEedmeTveJjcgvQKFuf-TymKfZHSHg0/ (he’s made his account private so here’s a cap)



Those of you who are saying “but she’s nineteen” or “she lead him on”. Or worse, capping her old tweets to paint her as a “slut”.

1. So fucking what?
2. It doesn’t matter who she is, when HE is a 61 year old married man with two children (daughters, I believe) who was pressuring a girl 40 some years younger than him into taking nude photos of herself for his pleasure.
3. He was using classic grooming techniques. This is often how it starts with peodphiles. They test the waters with slightly older girls, and see how well their “tastes” are accepted by editing them for reveal in the way he did may have done in saying he liked girls 15+, when the case could very well be he likes them below that age too, but 15 is just more “acceptable”.
4. This guy literally said he likes 15 year old girls. It doesn’t matter how old the girl who exposed him is.

He confirmed he has a taste for children. This man is not worthy of your sympathies. Even if by some wild stretch of the imagination he’s not sexually into teenage girls, then he is a piece of shit who is going behind the back of his wife and mother of his children while away from her to solicit nude images, and potentially more than that, from a girl who is 40 YEARS YOUNGER THAN HIM!

This is not acceptable. I know we all like to give people the benefit of the doubt, an it’s always easier to blame the young girl who you think is an “attention seeker” rather than admit the famous guy doing it is a douchebag pervert.

This guy is an “art hoe” who probably read Lolita and thought it was the hottest shit ever. He probably thinks it’s okay to look at nude images of teenage girls as long as it’s “artistic”.

Well it’s not fucking’ okay. None of this is okay. This is not a fabricated witch hunt. This guy fucked up and it should be exposed. At very least he needs to have the authorities checking his computer because I would be very unsurprised if he doesn’t have indecent images stored somewhere with this kind of attitude about young girls. Probably “artsy” and black and white ones.

Too many old white dudes get away with this shit, simply because they’re “famous” in some way or a seemingly an otherwise upstanding member of the community. This shouldn’t be swept under the carpet or excused.

All you people who are attempting to discredit this girl, calling her a liar even after the proof, are literally the reason why girls don’t report being raped and go the rest of their life haunted by the abuse they endured through fear of not being believed.

Yes, not everyone ever is always telling the truth, but you’d have to reach really hard to deny the proof this girl has put forward. If you choose not to believe it, it says as much about you as it does about him.

ppl rly lost their shit over my andreil hc so here is neil w twitter

  • when allison, dan, and renee first makes neil a twitter he ? doesnt get ? it?
  • “why would i put stuff abt my life on the internet for strangers to read”
  • “ur friends can see it too neil”
  • “im w u guys all the time tho”
  • they ask what he wants his bio to say and he says idk smthg about exy
  • they make his bio “something about exy”
  • neil can’t figure out how to change it for a week and no one will help him
  • but allison follows a bunch of exy players for him and one day he goes on there when he’s bored in class
  • and bc he’s Neil Josten Human Trashcan he starts replying to ppl
  • like this girl might be court but she clearly does not know what she’s talking abt i better tell her
  • he already has a reputation and this just makes it worse
  • kevin puts him on google alert and reads the articles about his twitter fights every day w his daily vodka shot mug
  • “neil u cant just insult pro exy players”
  • so by the time neil makes his “Andrew is my boyfriend.” tweet he has tons of followers
    • a lot of them dont even like exy they are just here for the daily shade
  • the next day, this former Raven who’s now Court tweets about how exy should be a family sport and how the players needs to return to traditional values
  • neil doesnt follow this idiot but so many ppl @ him that he notices anyway
    • (allison has to give him a lesson on what subtweeting is)
  • and man neil josten is not abt to just leave this alone
  • pls
  • “idk i don’t like to take advice from strikers who havent managed to score in their last three games :/”
    • (neil is an emoticon purist he makes own from characters on the keyboard psh who needs emojis)
  • andrew hates it
  • he cant spend five minutes w neil w/out him replying to 40 ppl’s tweets
  • one day they’re on the roof and he. just. takes neil’s phone
  • and throws it off 
  • neil is so Offended
  • “andrew what r my enemies gonna think when i cant reply until i get a new phone tmrw?”
    • “r u trying to make me look weak andrew”
  • he literally leaves the roof
  • andrew takes six deep breaths and downloads twitter so neil can use his phone
  • dan and matt start printing out neil’s most epic clapbacks and taping them around the lounge
  • one of neil’s arguments is trending at least once a week
Pretty Little Liars Finale Rant

This will be my last post on this show and it will be the last time I ever watch anything associated with Marlene King, because clearly, she does not understand how to write a show. She seemingly has no desire or ability to close plots in a timely fashion (which is why they remained open, forgotten, loose ends… about 5 seasons worth).

As time went on, it became glaringly apparent that Marlene and her cowriters either did not watch their own show or were less interested in a plot that made any sense. They left what they called “clues” about A’s identity in episodes when they were just winging it and deciding who A would be after most of the seasons were already written, which is why there are so many misplaced “clues.” (I.e. The mannequin family in the dollhouse being in a FAMILY frame in Aria’s room) to name just one.

The greatest faults of the writing of this show are two-fold for me.

First, Marlene seemed to be obsessed with keeping the main characters in a bubble of innocence. They were not allowed to have any faults or have any darkness to them. They had to remain pure as freshly fallen snow. This obsession with keeping them innocent was the biggest downfall of this show. After the backlash from the CeCe reveal, you’d think she’d learn that her audience was not interested in secret relatives and side characters being the “big bad.”

Common sense tells you that in a show like this, your main characters are your strength. It’s OK to allow your characters to grow and it’s OK to allow FICTIONAL characters to have a dark side. I assure you, people would have been very happy had a member of the MAIN cast (the Liars or their boyfriends) been the Uber A. It would have had shock value (which Marlene loves too much) AND would have closed some plot holes. A twin of the main cast is a cop out. Nothing but a cop out and a carbon copy of the CeCe reveal.

One thing I think Marlene just could not wrap her head around is that all these years of torment and A being one step ahead, truly only make sense if someone in the inner circle of the Liars was a part of it all along.

Another thing she could not wrap her head around was a sentiment that the character of LT. Tanner said repeatedly, “I always knew you were guilty. I just never knew of what.” It is just not feasible, in dream logic or any other logic, that someone would assume an anonymous identity and spend countless years and money to torment 4 INNOCENT girls. They must have done SOMETHING. They must have known SOMETHING. It’s just not believable. (And no, accidentally running over Archer Dunhill does not count as dark).

Second, Marlene’s OBSESSION with shocking her audience. Creating yet another twin and giving her a bad British accent just to “shock” people? Really? And she knows she left so many plot holes that she never tried to fix, so what does she do? She makes her a villain that only became a villain when Charlotte died. Huge cop-out. HUGE.

You know you can surprise your audience and have an ending that makes sense too, right?

It was the series finale. It was the time to have some guts. You could have pulled an Ezra/Aria Bonnie and Clyde. I mean honestly, the man had BOXES AND BOXES of information and surveillance on the town AND had the previous 2 A’s working for him at various points in the show. Ezra was a no-brainer. Literally, DUH!

There’s your shock value and there’s how you tie AD to the beginning! Boohoo, twitter idiots like the Ezria relationship. Then reveal Aria as an accomplice, either from the beginning or later on. You’re worried about what you will do if the show has a reunion or a reboot? Fine! Let them get away with it! The audience knows but the girls don’t! This was an ending that would’ve worked perfectly, would have made countless people happy and wouldn’t have tarnished the legacy of your show!

You wanted Spencer as the AD without actually making her “culpable?” Go the split personality route. Again, it ties in to the beginning!

There were so many things that could have been done.

Now Marlene wants to rant about how WE should be grateful. No! SHE should be grateful that people stuck with this show after all the bitter disappointment. She should never have been given all these chances.

As for Troian Bellisario and that awful accent, I can only say one thing. She’s a decent actor, on par with some of the other actors on this show. I never believed she “carried” this show as some people did. And her unremarkable performance in this finale proves me right. This season was largely carried by Lucy Hale’s Avataria and the way Aria was with her as well as by Janel Parish.

Again, I’m not saying Troian is a bad actress and I’m certainly not blaming this finale fiasco on her. I just think it may be a little too early in her career to pull off a big villain reveal.

That’s my 2 cents on this finale. Agree or don’t, who cares, it’s over. And no, I won’t be watching any spinoffs. In fact, I hope no network is stupid enough to reward Marlene King with another show to ruin with lost relatives and evil twins.

PS to Marlene and the other writers. This “dream logic” you refer to just means “fiction.” The story exists outside of the real world, in its own space, but still needs to MAKE SENSE! Jane Austen wrote fiction too, you didn’t see her leaving plot holes and writing “it’s dream logic it doesn’t have to make sense” in the prelude to her books!

PPS: If Lucy Hale wanted to be a villain for years, as Marlene claimed on her ET interview, then they should have let her. She was damn good at it!
CNN Opinion- Taylor Swift Speaks For Us All

Peggy Drexler is the author of “Our Fathers, Ourselves: Daughters, Fathers, and the Changing American Family” and “Raising Boys Without Men.” The opinions expressed in this commentary are hers.

(CNN)On Thursday, pop star Taylor Swift took the stand for women – and herself – when she testified that a former DJ had groped her in 2013. But is her participation in this case an act of solidarity —of sisterhood with other women who allege they have been assaulted or mistreated? Or is it just another celebrity publicity stunt?

Swift claims she was sexually assaulted by David Mueller, then a DJ at Denver-area radio station 98.5 KYGO-FM, a CNN affiliate, when he allegedly reached under her skirt and grabbed her buttocks while posing for a photograph alongside the pop star and his then-girlfriend.

Swift’s team told Mueller’s bosses, who, after conducting their own investigation, decided to fire Mueller. In 2015, Mueller sued Swift, claiming the false accusations had cost him his job. Swift countersued for assault and battery, requesting a $1 settlement.

Mueller has claimed the interaction was “jostling” in preparation for a photo, and that if he touched anything, it was her ribs. Thursday in court, however, Swift said the man had copped an undeniably intentional feel of what was most definitely her buttocks. “It was a definite grab, a very long grab,” she testified. “I felt him grab onto my bare ass cheek.” She tried to move away, she said, but “he would not let go.”

Swift is regularly criticized for seeking publicity, whether it’s through her relationships or her various feuds, and some – like Mueller – have questioned her motivations in this case. Which, of course, is of little surprise given how society tends to treat women who dare to stand up to the men who objectify them: They must be after something.

Swift is indeed after something: justice. And affirmation. She didn’t have to take the stand on Thursday; it would have been easier not to. She might have issued a statement, let her attorneys do the talking, or settled. In fact, her mother said she at first tried to persuade her to keep quiet in order to avoid publicity and its associated humiliations. But in giving live testimony, Taylor Swift gave voice to the many women whose shame after assault keeps them quiet.

To be sure, this is a federal court trial and Mueller, like every American, is innocent unless he is judged otherwise by a jury of his peers.

But if Swift believes she was assaulted — as she clearly does – it is hard to view her actions Thursday as something other than brave and important. And if they generate publicity, all the better. Whatever the truth of Swift’s situation, most who are assaulted don’t speak up. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, 63% of assaults are not reported.

Many victims don’t know they have a right to do so. Others worry they won’t be believed. Or they see the challenges that lie ahead: trauma in having to relive and recount, again and again, what can be — depending on the severity of the assault – one of the most devastating, or at the least, humiliating and helpless moments in a woman’s life.

Swift, though, took the stand and held her ground. She did not let others get blamed. In response to Mueller’s attorney’s question of whether she was critical of her bodyguard for not preventing the alleged assault, she replied, “I am critical of your client for sticking his hand under my skirt and grabbing my ass.”

She did not let herself get blamed. Questioned as to whether she tried “to get away,” in the words of Mueller’s attorney, she stated with poise and clarity that “I’m not going to allow you or your client to make me feel in any way that this is my fault, because it isn’t.”
In doing so, she spoke for millions of women. She let them know: Those gray areas others will try to tell you exist when someone touches you in a way you don’t ask to be touched? They don’t exist.

It is unconvincing to say this is about publicity, or showing Mueller who’s boss. Even if Swift has more money and fame than the man she says assaulted her, that does not mean she’s more powerful: No woman would be in the moment when a man feels a right to put his hand on her butt. Victims of sexual assault can understand this feeling.

Swift’s appearance Thursday was about making the statement, to herself and the world, that whatever it was that happened was not her fault. And it’s a statement she can’t make enough, especially if it inspires just a single victim of assault to say it herself.