The #metoo movement has found its way to Time Magazine’s shortlist for “person of the year”. This is probably the first time a # has made the list and I’m personally offended that #tooktotwitter is still lingering underused and unappreciated by anybody other than myself. But I guess I can’t make this #allaboutme.
According to Time:
The movement — which aims to shed light on the prevalence of sexual harassment and assault — took off after bombshell allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein and dozens of other male leaders in Hollywood, media, business and politics, fueling a moment of reckoning about the treatment of women in the workplace.
Time very slyly sandwiched #metoo on their shortlist between Colin Kaepernick and Robert Mueller and while they’ll never admit it publicly, I’ve got to assume this whole list is a long walk down a shady path leading directly to the White House. Yes, Trump is also on the shortlist, alongside all his favorite enemies! I see you Time Magazine, well played.
To give a movement the title of person of the year is a little weird. Especially since there are actual people behind the movement. The #metoo form on the movement recognized by Time is a different beast from the original movement which started 10 years ago by an actual person with an actual mouth with which to speak the actual words.
Time says (via Motto):
But while many credited Milano with launching the movement, it was actually started a decade ago by Tarana Burke. (Milano has attributed the movement to Burke on social media.) In 2007, Burke, who is a survivor of sexual violence herself, was working as an activist in Philadelphia with young women of color who had experienced sexual violence. She was looking for a way to let them know that they weren’t alone, so she told them: “Me too.”