IWD2018: TIMES UP movement
By Tegan Simon (3rd year Dance Student)
Anyone who has been on social media in the last six months will have heard of the ‘TIME’S UP’ movement and #MeToo. Today, for International Women’s Day, I have been asked to write a blog about both of the movements and inform everyone on feminism. Growing up in today’s world a lot of us think that these issues don’t tend to happen anymore. Of course they do, and that is why we need these movements, right now in 2018.
Over the past ten years there has been a flurry of news as victims tell their story about sexual abuse by well known celebrities- Harvey Weinstein, Jimmy Savile, Rolf Harris and many, many more. Though this news has all come out very recently lots of cases go back over 50 years. It is reported that Savile preyed on over 500 vulnerable victims as young as two years old and the incident records go back to 1955. I personally can’t remember a time when these announcements weren’t on the news regularly and these days it tends to not surprise people anymore.
The #MeToo movement has helped many people to come out on social media as victims of sexual harassment or to stand with those who have been through it. Though the ‘me too.’ movement was founded in 2006 by Tarana Burke it has only just come to light with the use of the hashtag on twitter. On Sunday the 15th of October, actress Alyssa Milano went to twitter to suggest that if everyone who had been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote ‘Me Too’ as a status, we would get a sense of the magnitude of the problem. Many people took to social media to share #MeToo and many women had the bravery to share their story. (Since I started writing this blog there have been 540 tweets using the hashtag.)
If any of you are fans of the big award ceremonies- Oscars, Golden Globes, Grammy’s, BRITs and BAFTAs then there is no doubt you will have heard about the TIME’S UP movement. The TIME’S UP movement is all about equality and the imbalance in power;
‘TIME’S UP is a unified call for change from women in entertainment for women everywhere. From movie sets to farm fields to boardrooms alike, we envision nationwide leadership that reflects the world in which we live.’
The movement has tried to make a big impact with black outfits at the Golden Globes, white roses at the BRIT awards, TIMES UP pins at the Oscars and lots of mentions in speeches. Jimmy Kimmel spoke about the movement during his opening speech at the Oscars and Frances McDormand even asked all the female nominees to stand up. After winning the award for best actress in a leading role for ‘Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri’, McDormand told the crowd to ‘look around because we all have stories to tell and projects we need finance’.
The Times Up movement and feminism are necessary to bring equality to us and put this all in the past.
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