We have to admit that after this roller coaster of a year, it was nice to wake up today, December 6th, and see that the #MeToo movement made it to the cover of Time magazine. Twitter’s reaction to Time‘s Person of the Year confirmed that people are ready to empower the victims of sexual assault.
On the cover, a wide range of women are depicted. There’s actress Ashley Judd and singer Taylor Swift, but there are also women of other industries — one anonymous woman’s arm, farm worker Isabel Pascual, lobbyist Adama Iwu, and former Uber engineer, Susan Fowler. All have “broken the silence” about predatory sexual behavior within their industries.
The magazine interviewed dozens of women and men about their experiences, and one thing became clear: This is a problem within every part of society. One woman, an anonymous hospital worker who’s afraid her family will be affected by disclosing her name, told Time of her experience with assault: “I kept thinking, ‘Did I do something, did I say something, did I look a certain way to make him think that was O.K.?'”
The shame and guilt surrounding assault — along with the fear of being blamed when you come forward with an allegation — is exactly what the #MeToo movement hopes to change.
And the People of Twitter are here for it.
What a great message this gives to all women and men who are not afraid to stand up: The Silence Breakers are TIME’s 2017 Person of the Year! Thank you #TimeMagazine #PersonOfTheYear pic.twitter.com/CbBwaWh540— Franziska Seidel (@SeidelFranziska) December 6, 2017
This was conceived, reported and written by women. It was fact-checked by women. The video was shot and edited by women. The layout and photo spread were designed by women. It's one of the reasons I'm proud to work at @time https://t.co/ekMMIBV0Vc— Charlotte Alter (@CharlotteAlter) December 6, 2017
You didn't break us.— Holly O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) December 6, 2017
We didn't even bend.
Hillary was right. We ARE stronger together.
Time Person of the Year: The Silence Breakers#TimePOTY#TimePOY#BreakTheSilence#MeToo#HerToo#WednesdayWisdom pic.twitter.com/X8MmtXVAHS
Women have had it w bosses & co-workers who not only cross boundaries but don’t even seem to know that boundaries exist. They’ve had it w the fear of retaliation, of being blackballed, of being fired from a job they can’t afford to lose #TIMEPOY #MeToo #TheSilenceBreakers pic.twitter.com/01SUN4Evvh— Khary Penebaker (@kharyp) December 6, 2017
Topple, topple lots of love for these amazing folks https://t.co/pzDEJs1bNw— Constance Wu (@ConstanceWu) December 6, 2017
ALL HAIL THE WOMEN OF #METOO, FIRST OF THEIR NAMES, MOTHERS OF DRAGGIN’ PREDATORS, BREAKERS OF SILENCE— Brohibition Now (@OhNoSheTwitnt) December 6, 2017
Taylor Swift being on Time's Person of the Year cover is WELL DESERVED. She not only went against her own sexual assaulter, she faced the media and the whole world while doing so. AND SHE WON- then after the trial donated money to charities raising awareness about sexual assault. pic.twitter.com/2vTT1x8vR0— summer (@slaylorstan) December 6, 2017
If anything great came out of this year, it was women realizing we're not alone. Thank goodness @TaranaBurke started this movement. Stand up. Speak out. Let's not be silent anymore. #MeToo https://t.co/fmsSs3s3Jd— Jennifer Wright (@JenAshleyWright) December 6, 2017
I'm happy Tarana Burke is being acknowledged as the creator of the #MeToo hashtag and movement. The vital role of Black women as social media influencers can't be ignored anymore. https://t.co/ooQnz7R3WJ— Torraine Walker (@TorraineWalker) December 6, 2017
While the #MeToo movt is rightly criticized for ignoring WoC voices--I'm thankful this @TIME #PersonOfTheYear2017 story centered these courageous Black & Latina plaintiffs in their lawsuit against the Plaza Hotel. https://t.co/pJxyxO4ZRN pic.twitter.com/i1CIQHyr09— Megan Ming Francis (@meganfrancis) December 6, 2017
Tarana Burke, the founder of the #MeToo hashtag, told Glamour that now it’s all about the next steps. She said, “To me, 2018 will be all about processing #MeToo. The next step in the movement will be helping women navigate what happens after they disclose an experience. It’s about what happens if someone posts #MeToo and nobody “likes” their status and how to be advocates in our communities. How to talk to children about this. Discussing the sexual harassment teenagers deal with in school.”
Let’s keep the momentum going.