#PledgeForParity and #HeForShe: On International Women’s Day, take the pledge and count yourself in

(Source: Emma Watson via Twitter)
(Source: Emma Watson via Twitter)

Happy International Women’s Day, Taylor Nation!

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who like many others decided to Take The Pledge, we’ve got a long way to go. This is one article that I really wish I wouldn’t have to write in 2016. It’s not just about rights. To quote the International Women’s Day site: It’s about helping women and girls achieve their ambitions. It’s about challenging conscious and unconscious bias. It’s about a call for gender-balanced leadership. It’s about giving the same value to women and men’s contributions equally. It’s about creating inclusive, flexible cultures. Pick one of those, the one closes to your heart and start there.

Emma Watson and Chirlane McCray turned the Empire State Building pink (or magenta if you prefer) to celebrate International Women’s Day. Both are activists for HeForShe.org, a movement inviting people around the world to stand together to create a bold, visible force for gender equality.

As for the Blonde With The Sparkly Guitar, she took the pledge to help women and girls achieve their ambitions.

I decided to go a different route and instead, I chose to challenge conscious and unconscious bias. As guys we often fell prey to this one. Even the word “feminist” strikes a lot of guys as bad because we’re blind to see what it means. You want freedom for those in slavery and justice for those unfairly treated. You need to call attention to the oppressed, calling for rights for everyone dilutes their struggle. But even if you choose not to call yourself a feminist, bravo if you’re actively making sure the bias against gender parity gets taken down. Cheers if you’re willing to challenge it when you see it happen. It’s something tough to challenge the status quo and stand against it, but I think it ultimately benefits both genders.

Coming up next in the Calendar:

  • March 12: Taylor Swift is nominated for Nickelodeon’s 29th Kids Choice Awards for Favorite Female Singer, Favorite Song of the Year for “Bad Blood” with Kendrick Lamar, and Favorite Collaboration for ‘Bad Blood’ with Kendrick Lamar. You can vote by going to nick.com/KCA, or via hashtag on Twitter by using BOTH #KCA and #VoteTaylorSwift, #VoteBadBlood or #VoteBadBloodCollab. Original tweets and retweets count.
  • April 3:  Taylor Swift is nominated for the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards for Song of the Year for “Blank Space”, Female Artist of the Year, Album of the Year for 1989, Best Tour of the Year for The 1989 World Tour, Best Collaboration for “Bad Blood”, Best Meme-able Moment for “Blank Space”, Best Fan Army for #Swifties and Best Cover Song for Alessia Cara Covering Taylor Swift.

(Sources: International Women’s DayHeForShe.org)


International Women’s Day Editorial & Emma Watson on HeForShe

(Source: HeForShe.org)
(Source: HeForShe.org)

Hello world, how you been… Good to see you, my old friend.

Past Sunday, March 8th, was International Women’s Day. Yours truly (just a guy, etc.) thought about it a lot but wrote nothing because there were so many more talented writers and speakers, specially female, commenting on bringing equality to all walks of life. So now, before we all forget last weekend, I hope you won’t mind if I throw a few lines together on the subject.

To this day, half of humankind is still struggling with lack of civil rights, wage inequality, domestic violence, rape, lack of free speech and basically the right to participate in any activity without discrimination or hostility. Feminism is about equal rights, equal opportunity, equal compensation and stopping all forms of violence and discrimination targeted at women. It’s 2015 and they’re still governments and organizations who force different standards and practices on women. Even those against discrimination that proclaim equality on paper do not practice what they preach.

This is nothing new. The sad thing is that we have to keep saying it because it keeps happening.

One of the most watched interviews was a live Q&A with actress Emma Watson, highlighting the HeForShe movement. HeForShe is defined on their Facebook Page as “UN Women’s Solidarity Movement for Gender Equality bringing together one half of humanity in support of the other half of humanity, for the benefit of all.”

Now I gladly leave you with the eloquent Miss Watson. Video, please:

Watch on YouTube

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • March 15: Taylor Swift’s 1989 is nominated for International Album of the Year for the 2015 JUNO Awards. She’s not scheduled to appear so far.
  • March 25: Taylor is a guest on Live with Kelly and Michael (via Late Night Lineups).
  • March 29: Taylor Swift is nominated for Artist of the Year, Song of the Year for “Shake It Off”, Best Fan Army for the Swifties, and Lyrics of the Year for “Blank Space” for the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards. The show will be broadcast live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California on NBC at 8pm ET.

(Sources: HeForShe.org)

Tout le monde en parle: Taylor Swift’s interview

(Source: Radio-Canada)
(Source: Radio-Canada)

Bon soir, Taylor Nation.

The Blonde With The Sparkly Guitar was in Montreal, Quebec last Thursday, September 25 to do an interview with Tout le monde en parle on Radio-Canada. I know they had other guests, I know there other things that are important. I still would’ve wished she would have gotten more time, and on top of that they had to edit it down.

That being said, she was her enchanting self, and she did manage to give her opinion on the topic of feminism that has been highlighted by Emma Watson’s UN Speech.

The only thing that I saw was incredible acclaim and praise and that’s just me going off of what I’m plugged into which is my fanbase of real girls out in the world living their lives and when they saw their favorite actress get up in front of the UN and say what she said… I wish when I was younger, I wish when I was twelve years old I’d been able to watch a video of my favorite actress explaining in such an intellectual, beautiful, poignant way the definition of feminism because I would’ve understood it and then earlier on in my life I would’ve proudly claimed that I was a feminist because I would’ve understood what the word means. So many girls out there say ‘I’m not a feminist’ because they think it means something angry or disgruntled or complaining. They picture like rioting and picketing. It is not that at all. It just simply means that you believe that women and men should have equal rights and opportunities and to say that you’re not a feminist means that you think men should have more rights and opportunities than women. I just think a lot of girls don’t know the definition and the fact that Emma got up and explained it is, I think, an incredible thing and I’m happy to live in a world where that happened.

– Taylor Swift via Radio-Canada

At some point, Guy A. Lepage compared her to other artists that “act up” (in context you could say they dress provocatively). It was a favorable comparison, but at the same time it does seem to put the other artists in a negative light. Instead of just letting that slide, Taylor actually came out in favor of every female artist to wear what they want:

Honestly, I think that I cheer on anybody who is living their life on their own terms and wearing what they want to wear and representing what they want to represent. I think that no other female artist should be able to tell me to wear less clothes and I’m not going to tell another artist to wear more clothes. You know what I’m saying? As long as it’s their idea and they’re expressing their sexuality or they’re expressing their strength or it makes them feel like a woman to perform a certain way or dress a certain way. I just think that as long as it’s coming from them and they’re living their lives on their own terms, I cheer them on, honestly.

– Taylor Swift via Radio-Canada

I know she did meet a few fans briefly and I’m going to give a shoutout here to @canadaswift who got a hug 🙂

Watch on YouTube

You definitely should come back more often, and preferably for a longer visit, Sparkly Dressed 🙂

The X-Factor Australia’s official Twitter account confirmed that Taylor will be performing on the show’s grand finale in October. Taylor will probably do a lightning trip to Australia to promote her album 1989 out on October 27. The Sparkly Dressed is nominated for Best Female and Best Look at the 2014 MTV EMA on November 9. You can vote here.

Coming up on the Calendar!

(Sources: Radio-Canada)