Publication Reviews

In TIME’S UP two months of existence, many publications have being released that serve to further identify the movement’s mission and agenda. But how effective are these publications? Do they help and hinder their audience’s understanding?

“Dear Sisters,” Newsletter- National Farmworker Women’s Alliance

This letter was intended to reach out to women in all industries united by the threat of sexual harassment. Based on the endearing tone of the letter, I can surmise that the organization serves to be a comforting platform for all women. TIME’S UP also encourages victims to speak out against inappropriate behavior. The newsletter addresses the media as well- they ask for open and honest coverage that exposes the gender injustices that occur at all levels of the workplace. This introduction really proves to be effective because it brings together the sum of TIME’S UP’s audience coming from their own voices. My only concern was that they somewhat excluded men who have expeirenced sex harrassment too. It discredits the movement if they only focus on female victims because that isn’t the reality of sexual assault so the conversion needs to be opened up to other genders.

“Why this elbow is a Time Person of the Year”- A.J. Chavar and Carlos Waters of Vox

This Vox article written by A.J. Chavar and Carlos Waters explains Time magazine’s most recent cover featuring “The Silence Breakers”, women speaking up against sexual harassment. Included on the cover is an elbow representing all other women who speak up anonymously. The article further goes to list the statistics behind sexual harassment cases and retaliation many are faced with after reporting it. This publication does an effective job of informing people about the context of the movement. They also help direct victims to other resources that will expel workplace harassment.

Me Too. Home Page statement- Tarana Burke

On the front page of the #MeToo official website there is a short description of the movement’s history and mission. It serves to establish the organization and present it to prospective members. It lists their accomplishments in order to validate themselves. It also identifies Tarana Burke, the founder’s intentions when she first coined the movement in 2006: “ …to help survivors of sexual violence, particularly young women of color from low wealth communities, find pathways to healing. The best part of the page is Burke’s call to action. She provides a short statement that summarizes the injustice and adversity that women are faced with in this political climate which is why we must speak up. Overall, the #MeToo’s message is powerful, compelling and honest.

“Powerful Hollywood Women Unveil Anti-Harassment Action Plan”- Cara Buckley, New York Times

This publication by the New York Times serves as an in-depth interpretation of the TIME’S UP initiative. This editorial is really informative- it outlines the exact details of each initiative: the legal defense fund for impoverished victims, legalization to penalize the toleration of harassment and the general goal to reach gender equality in Hollywood. Any new members or interested participants can easily learn more about the organization from this article. I loved how Cara Buckley mentioned individual efforts from celebrities like Shonda Rhimes as well as communal efforts like the National Farmworker Women’s Alliance. The only problem I have with this article is the bias perspective, New York Times is closely affiliated with the Time’s Up movement and Buckley attempted present an unbiased tone but failed by praising the actions of this fairly new organization. Since they have only been established for less than 2 months, I don’t think it makes sense to praise them on initiatives that haven’t fully been actualized yet.

“Oprah Winfrey’s rousing Golden Globes speech”- Transcript by CNN

As an active member of the organization, Oprah Winfrey’s acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award lifetime achievement award at the 2018 Golden Globes reflected Time’s Up Initiatives. What made Winfrey’s speech iconic was her emotional appeal to her audience. She started off vividly describing her own personal connection to the movement as a young girl growing up. She then contextualizes the historical accounts of Recy Taylor and Rosa Parks to the continued strife for human rights. This all connects to her closing statement inspiring change for the future of women and men in America. The occasion of the speech added to it’s impact since the achievement award commends excellence in the entertainment industry and Time’s Up is centralized in that industry. Overall Oprah effectively encouraged enrollment in the Time’s Up Movement. The buzz she created for Time’s Up will surely be felt in their growing numbers.

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Amaka Korie

Amaka Korie

A Nigerian-American Film major, Sociology minor at Howard University