Time Magazine just named the “The Silence Breakers” as the 2017 Person of the Year — referring to the millions of women and men of the #MeToo movement, who came forward to share their personal stories of sexual assault and harassment and give a voice to other survivors. The viral phrase #MeToo, which was started by social activist Tarana Burke more than a decade ago, gained popularity after Harvey Weinstein scandal broke. “The world is listening,” Time wrote. Bravo.
Also, see the elbow in the right-hand corner? It has Twitter buzzing, but the crop was not a mistake. “The image you see partially on the cover is of a woman we talked to, a hospital worker in the middle of the country, who doesn’t feel like she can come forward without threatening her livelihood,” Time editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal explained. Her elbow recognizes all the survivors who are unable to speak out.
After actor Kevin Spacey was accused of sexual assault and fired from House of Cards, Robin Wright was promoted this week to sole lead for the show’s sixth and final season.
Gay Australian politician Tim Wilson proposed to his partner (sitting in the public gallery) during a same-sex marriage debate in the House of Representatives. Here’s the touching video, if you’d like to see.
Lastly, have you seen SNL’s “Welcome To Hell” skit on sexual harassment? Directed to men who feel shocked/stressed by the current allegations, the hilarious song hits the nail on the head — that this kind of misconduct is nothing new. “Here’s a list of stuff that’s ruined for us,” actress Saoirse Ronan sings cheerfully, mentioning everyday things like parking, walking, Uber, ponytails, bathrobes, nighttime, drinking, hotels and vans. Leslie Jones also reminds everyone, “It’s like a million times worse for a woman of color.” Worth watching.
P.S. On sexual harassment, and being a feminist.