*WARNING* This post may contain unpopular opinions!
One of the mantras I try to live by each day is to speak out about what I love and keep quiet about what I don’t. With that being said, I’m going to only say once for the sake of the intro that there are SO MANY events that took place in regards to the United States that I did not love. However, 2018 is already starting to look up in some ways for this country. I’m going to give those things my attention instead of complaining about everything that’s broken, as most everything is.
Now for the silver lining, I’m in love with the #timesup movement. If you’re not familiar, it’s a movement that is attempting to abolish the silence, injustice, and disgustingly common sexual harassment and gender inequality. Many celebrities and public figures wore black at the Golden Globes recently to publicly show their support.
Obviously, as a woman, I do feel empowered by this movement. However, I think men that are intelligent and not egotistical, can feel empowered by this as well. Despite all of the disasters and tragedy going on in our world, we are all alive during a time when our mothers, sisters, wives, and friends are making history by saying “no more”. Anyone existing right now gets to marvel at the fact that we are watching historic events take place!
Feminist or not, if you have a functioning brain you know that sexual harassment towards anyone regardless of gender is wrong. You also know that paying one employee less than another (for the same job) because of their gender, is wrong. You don’t have to be a woman to agree. Nevertheless, let’s all celebrate that after silently enduring, suffering, and/or being stifled, people are saying, “enough”.
In 2018, many humans are finally receiving the justice they deserve. Powerful people that are committing terrible acts, because they suspect that they can without consequence, are being shut down. They are getting fired, they are being convicted, they are being blacklisted, and being humbled.
Women are not playing around anymore, y’all. We are not staying quiet for fear of not being believed or taken seriously. We are not being shushed in fear that we will negatively affect the life of a harasser. We are not shutting up because we’re afraid people are going to look at us as “asking for it” type of girls. We are not tolerating the harassment itself. We are documenting events, keeping messages and screenshotting. We are serving as witnesses. We are proudly snitching! You know what else? We are encouraging men to do the same because harassment happens to men every single day and no one should have to keep quiet about it.
This movement is bringing awareness and even setting up funds to help people take legal action, as it is often extremely expensive. My love for the movement is heightened because it’s more than just a hashtag and a statement, it’s taking action to bring about positive change.
Even though we are sadly still so far from world peace, we are getting to experience worldwide progress first-hand and I think everyone should be celebrating this!
What are your thoughts?