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TIME Magazine's 2017 Persons of the Year cover features just a few of the Silence Breakers who helped launch the movement against sexual assault.

TIME Magazine's 2017 Persons of the Year cover features just a few of the Silence Breakers who helped launch the movement against sexual assault.

Photo courtesy of TIME official website.

Photo courtesy of TIME official website.

TIME Magazine's 2017 Persons of the Year cover features just a few of the Silence Breakers who helped launch the movement against sexual assault.

TIME Magazine Recognizes the Silence Breakers

December 13, 2017

TIME magazine has stepped forward with a unique choice for 2017’s Person of the Year. In fact, this person could be your neighbor, your classmate, or maybe someone you saw in the grocery store the other day. This year, TIME magazine is acknowledging each and every one of the millions of sexual harassment victims as the Silence Breakers. 

#MeToo isn’t just a hashtag, but rather a process that evolved into one of the most powerful occurrences in social media history. The more attention #MeToo receives, especially through milestones like TIME magazine’s recognition, the more pressure is put on the accused politicians, actors and others in the public eye to step down.

The cover of the magazine proudly features six women whose individual acts of courage have made a significant impact in the movement: actress Ashley Judd, singer Taylor Swift, corporate lobbyist Adama Iwu, a strawberry picker under the pseudonym Isabel Pascual, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler, and the arm of an anonymous young hospital worker from Texas on the lower right-hand corner of the cover, representing all those who are not yet able to come forward with their stories and identities. However, I couldn’t help but wonder, “Why are there no men on the front cover?” Even one male representative in the portrait would have brought light to the large, yet lesser acknowledged community of male sexual harassment victims.

Not to mention, I find it ironic that the runner up for Person of the Year was Donald Trump. At least 19 women have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against Trump, dating back to the 1980s, so naming him as runner up undermines the whole cause. In my eyes, TIME magazine made the right decisions by choosing to support those who have suffered through sexual harassment, rather than one who is accused of it.

“It shows how we as a community are standing up against rape culture,” said Caolinn Hukill, a freshman, ”I think it will allow more men and women feel that this isn’t ok and that it’s not their fault and they can talk about it.”

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2 Responses to “TIME Magazine Recognizes the Silence Breakers”

  1. SANDRA VERDUGO on December 13th, 2017 9:50 pm

    WHAT A WELL WRITTEN ARTICLE BY A YOUNG GENIUS GIRL WHO SEES LIFE FOR WHAT IT TRULY IS, AND IT’S NOT A BED OF ROSES FOR WOMEN IN THE WORLD TODAY. WELL DONE RITHIKA

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  2. Jayashree Gothankar on December 15th, 2017 12:13 am

    Its an very important social issue with loads of sufferings by the victims, be it female or male.These six personalities represent the tip of iceberg of this social evil.The way it is put in words by Rithika is really appreciable.

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