The voices that launched the movement against sexual harassment
John Conyers. Al Franken. Roy Moore. Donald Trump. #MeToo has its limits when it bumps into politics.
Time magazine made an excellent choice for Person of the Year.
Persons, really. Because the cover honors what it calls “Silence Breakers,” women who came forward to speak about allegations of sexual misconduct by men in positions of power. Whether that is power on a national scale or power in some small office.
The women featured on Time’s cover include actress Ashley Judd, singer Taylor Swift, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler, Visa lobbyist Adama Iwu, Mexican agricultural worker Isabel Pascual, and one woman whose face cannot be seen. Only her elbow. It is meant to represent all of those anonymous women (and men) who have come forward.
Each of them, all of them, deserve their own cover.
But there is a limit.
The women have accused Trump
Still, what about the women who have made accusations of sexual misconduct against President Trump?
Their accounts came out before the #MeToo movement took hold.
Why aren’t they front and center?
They’re a part of the story, of course. They aren’t ignored. The magazine points out, for example, that “Summer Zervos, a former contestant on The Apprentice, was one of roughly 20 women to accuse the President of sexual harassment.”
It adds: “She filed a defamation suit against Trump days before his Inauguration after he disputed her claims by calling her a liar. A New York judge is expected to decide soon if the President is immune to civil suits while in office. No matter the outcome, the…