TIME Magazine Names “#MeToo” Movement The Person Of The Year
TIME Magazine’s named its Person Of The Year and no, it’s not the Deplorable in D.C. TIME’s POTY is actually the #MeToo movement a.k.a the “Silence Breakers” who’ve spoken out on their sexual harassment/ sexual misconduct experiences. People highlighted include Ashley Judd, Taylor Swift, Terry Crews, Megyn Kelly (yawn) and Alyssa Milano. Others included are lesser known individuals; a woman from Mexico who works picking strawberries and asked to use a pseudonym to protect her family, a former Uber engineer and an anonymous hospital worker from Texas who only showed her elbow on the cover as an act of solidarity to represent all those who could not speak out.
The actual creator of the hashtag, Tarana Burke, is also highlighted but many are questioning why SHE wasn’t the actual person of the year and instead just part of a collective. While Alyssa Milano helped spread the #MeToo movement, Burke wasn’t featured on the front of the mag.
“This was the great unleashing that turned the #MeToo hashtag into a rallying cry. The phrase was first used more than a decade ago by social activist Tarana Burke as part of her work building solidarity among young survivors of harassment and assault. A friend of the actor Alyssa Milano sent her a screenshot of the phrase, and Milano, almost on a whim, tweeted it out on Oct. 15. “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet,” she wrote, and then went to sleep. She woke up the next day to find that more than 30,000 people had used #MeToo. Milano burst into tears.”
TIME’s now being dragged by its pages ESPECIALLY for highlighting T. Swift. While Taylor did file a lawsuit against a DJ who groped her, shes yet to publicly join the #MeToo movement.
Valid, valid, VALID.
What do YOU think about the TIME cover???
More on the flip.
In an interview with TIME, Swift says that moment on the stand fueled her indignation. “I figured that if he would be brazen enough to assault me under these risky circumstances,” she says, “imagine what he might do to a vulnerable, young artist if given the chance.” Like the five women gathered at that echoing soundstage in San Francisco, and like all of the dozens, then hundreds, then millions of women who came forward with their own stories of harassment, she was done feeling intimidated. Actors and writers and journalists and dishwashers and fruit pickers alike: they’d had enough. What had manifested as shame exploded into outrage. Fear became fury.
I’d actually just read a comment someone made on Twitter about one of Weinstein’s accusers. It went something like: She’s just looking for attention and a payday. It really affected me. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I remember going to my phone and I started writing. And I couldn’t stop. What it became was this sixteen-tweet missive from me. I just remember having to say what I felt. I was really angry because these women were being discounted. These women were being discarded. Their pain was just—it was nothing. I wanted to join in. I wanted to say something. I wanted to support. But I did have to let these women know they weren’t alone. And that I understood. My whole mission was to give them strength. Don’t accept the shame that people are giving you. Because that’s what it was. They were being shamed. They were being victimized again. I just couldn’t stand for it.
I’m here to tell you it’s not your fault. It’s not. What happened to me was a prime example. People were saying, “You should have beat him up.” I’m like, “Why is no one questioning him?” No one questions the predator. The person who is doing the harassment doesn’t even get a question. You know why? Because they just expect it. And I said, “No more.” Why are you questioning the victim here? Let’s flip it.