TIME Magazine has held a tradition for over 91 years to name a person(s) of the year, and in 2017 the award went to a group of men and women who decided to speak up this year against the sexual harassment that has been riddled within Hollywood for decades unknowingly. TIME called this group of men and women the “Silence Breakers” as they sparked a movement of many more men and women who have stood up to expose the true evils of sexual harassment in Hollywood, Politics, and big business in general.
The TIME Magazine spread shows pictures of these men and women, some in a powerful light, and some in what seemed more like a vulnerable light, and in many words took accounts from these survivors, detailing some of the key stories which brought more victims forward. The spread featured several different women from different places and professions, like artist Rose McGowen, actress Ashley Judd who was the first to come forward, activist Turana Burke who started the #MeToo campaign. Other celebrities as well such as Alyssa Milano, Taylor Swift, Selma Blaire, Wendy Walsh, and Megyn Kelly.
TIME Magazine also, to many’s surprises, included in the spread two men who broke ground, actor Terry Crews, and director Blaise Godbe Lipman. There were also many businesswomen, such as Uber engineer Susan Fowler, there were university professors, and many more women who TIME believed embodied the movement that has only just begun.
Sexual harassment is a problem that seems to have been rooted deep within those who have power over others, and over time, women and men have been silenced and struck with fear, preventing the word from getting out. Since the silence has been broken, the world has been surprised with a name after name, industry after industry, being exposed for the truths they have been threatening to keep quiet, truths that abusers have been paying off to be swept under the rug, truths that are no longer secrets, but facts.
Time’s editor in chief Edward Felsenthal stated that the “galvanizing actions of the women on our cover … along with those of hundreds of others, and of many men as well, have unleashed one of the highest-velocity shifts in our culture since the 1960s.” He is absolutely right, I have no doubt that the fear of victims is diminishing, and that more and more people will come forward with their stories and expose more and more evil and lies.
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