#MeToo: The Movement

This reckoning appears to have sprung up overnight. But it has actually been simmering for years, decades, centuries.

Reprinted from TIME.COM

She recalls one screenwriter friend telling her that Weinstein's behavior was an open secret passed around on the whisper network that had been furrowing through Hollywood for years. It allowed for people to warn others to some degree, but there was no route to stop the abuse. "Were we supposed to call some fantasy attorney general of moviedom?" Judd asks. "There wasn't a place for us to report these experiences."

Finally, in October—when Judd went on the record about Weinstein's behavior in the New York Times, the first star to do so—the world listened. (Weinstein said he "never laid a glove" on Judd and denies having had nonconsensual sex with other accusers.)

When movie stars don't know where to go, what hope is there for the rest of us? What hope is there for the janitor who's being harassed by a co-worker but remains silent out of fear she'll lose the job she needs to support her children? For the administrative assistant who repeatedly fends off a superior who won't take no for an answer? For the hotel housekeeper who never knows, as she goes about replacing towels and cleaning toilets, if a guest is going to corner her in a room she can't escape?

Like the "problem that has no name," the disquieting malaise of frustration and repression among postwar wives and homemakers identified by Betty Friedan more than 50 years ago, this moment is borne of a very real and potent sense of unrest. Yet it doesn't have a leader, or a single, unifying tenet. The hashtag #MeToo (swiftly adapted into #BalanceTonPorc, #YoTambien, #Ana_kaman and many others), which to date has provided an umbrella of solidarity for millions of people to come forward with their stories, is part of the picture, but not all of it.

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Probably the best Time Person of the Year in history or Herstory! I think the spate of sexual harassment clearly demonstrates that we would be better off with women in charge. Women should run the business world and the political world. I think we may need a matriarchy, seriously. I'm actually a lifelong Republican but I don't like the misogyny and sexism in my party. I voted for Trump but now I admit Hillary would have made a better president. Now, for the first time, I want to see more Women Democrats get elected. I can't believe I said that, lol. With so many women running, 2018 and 2020 can be big years for women. I'm from the south, and what happened in Virginia is really a big deal. The GOP tried to play it off but GOP men ran VA for decades. Women Democrats knocked out several GOP men and it still remains to be seen if Dems will win the majority in their state house. This stunning victory happened because women put the boxing gloves on and got into the ring. They outsmarted and out debated their conservative male opponents. The decisive result for the men was this: 8,9, 10...youu'rre out ding ding! I was stunned and confused but I kind of like the Women Democrats knocking us out. It was a good lesson learned. My prediction for women in 2018 and 2020? Women Democrats by way of Knock Out! :-)

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