A few days ago, Donald Trump tweeted that he “turned down” the offer to become Time Magazine’s “Person Of The Year, that he was “too busy to pose for the photo.” Wrong. Instead, the magazine chose to honor women who deserve the honor, the “Silence Breakers.”
The victims ranged from a Mexican immigrant hotel worker whose name was changed to protect her identity, to Hollywood actresses Rose Mcgowan and Ashley Judd, who were rapes and harassed by Harvey Weinstein respectively. The women were from all walks of life, from pop star Taylor Swift and journalist Megyn Kelly to the unknown, hardworking women of America. It has happened to almost everyone. “The amount of people sharing their stories with me was intense,” said McGowan.
One of the women on the cover is “simply an arm,” said the magazine. “It belongs to an anonymous young hospital worker from Texas who made a sexual harassment complaint anonymously, and couldn’t stop wondering whether she could have prevented the encounter.” She told Time “I thought, Did I do something, did I say something, did I look a certain way to make him think that was O.K.?”
Every year since 1927, TIME editors name a “Person of the Year”, “recognizing the person or group of people who most influenced the news during the past year.”
“The reckoning appears to have sprung up overnight,” said Time. But it has actually been simmering for years, decades, centuries. Women have had it with bosses and co-workers who not only cross boundaries but don’t even seem to know that boundaries exist. They’ve had it with the fear of retaliation, of being blackballed, of being fired from a job they can’t afford to lose.” #MeToo struck a chord with millions of women around the world who can’t take it anymore.
“Emboldened by Judd, Rose McGowan and a host of other prominent accusers, women everywhere have begun to speak out about inappropriate, abusive, and in some cases illegal behavior they’ve faced,” said Time. “When a movie star says #MeToo, it becomes easier to believe the cook who’s been quietly enduring it for years.”
Relationship expert Dr. Wendy Walsh did such a good job during her guest appearances on Bill O’Reilly’s show that he offered her a regular “Contributor” position. But she says (and we totally believe her because stuff like this happens to us all the time) that after she had dinner with him one night and refused to go up to his hotel room, the exciting offer was suddenly over.
Thanks Time Magazine for a great story, reported on by several female reporters, and for the great cover. It’s about time.