This year’s ‘Person of the Year’ by TIME (@time) goes to #MeToo movement that has emerged spontaneously as a global reaction to sexual violence against women, malaise under the media spotlight especially since the investigation against the Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. Rather than tied to specific leaders or ideologies, #MeToo binds through the common experience of pain, fear, and coerced silence. Serving as a channel to denounce abuse, violence, and humiliations suffered by people all over the world, the movement has declared game over for the male gaze, rape culture, and sexual assault. The silence’s been broken, and the voice of those trapped beneath its surface’s been reclaimed.
On the cover of TIME, from left, are Isabel Pascual, Adama Iwu, Ashley Judd (@ashley_judd), Susan Fowler (@susanthesquark), Taylor Swift (@taylorswift), and a hospital worker who preferred remaining anonymous. Their stories gave millions of people courage to speak up and call their perpetrators out. For example, during a march in Los Angeles, following the unveiling of Harvey Weinstein’s past, Isabel Pascual, whose name was changed to protect her family, spoke out about harassment in agriculture. “I was afraid. When the man was harassing me, he threatened to harm my children and me – that’s why I kept quiet. I felt desperate, I cried and cried. But, thank God, my friends in the fields support me. So I said, Enough. I lost the fear. It doesn’t matter if they criticize me. I can support other people who are going through the same thing,” Pascual said in an interview with TIME.
By Natalia Koper for Diálogos Journal.
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