#timesup at the Globes

Pictured left to right: Reese Witherspoon, 
Eva Longoria, Salma Hayek, & Ashley-

Pictured left to right: Reese Witherspoon, Eva Longoria, Salma Hayek, & Ashley- Judd

Allison Markowski, Staff Writer

Harvey Weinstein. Matt Lauer. Kevin Spacey. Those are just three of the numerous people who have been accused of victimizing women or men that they had once worked with.

Ashley Judd. Gwyneth Paltrow. Cara Delevingne. Those are just three of the hundreds of women who, after years of staying quiet, have finally spoke out against their victimizers.

A new society of women have established a new movement: “Time’s Up.” They say that it is time for harassment and assault to stop, and that they will be the ones to take action. A small group of women began speaking out about their experiences, which inspired more, and eventually even more. Now some may think, why would they not speak out when it actually occurred? Katherine Kendall, 48 years old, came out after keeping her Harvey Weinstein harassment story private for over 20 years. Kendall, then 23, had gone to Weinstein’s apartment after a generous amount of convincing on his end. He proceeded to strip down naked and make advances towards her, telling her to do the same. After much refusal, Kendall finally got out of the apartment before anything else happened, and she said the reason that she didn’t speak out after all this time was, “I think when people perpetrate against you, you are the one that feels the shame, you think that it is just you.”

Speaking up has since created a domino effect, leading to the “Time’s Up” movement. “Time’s Up” was established in the new year, fortifying that there would be no chance for anyone—-men or women-—to get away with any sexual harassment or assault of any type. It decided to make a bold statement, and what better place to do that than at the 2018 Golden Globes. So, not only women, but men as well dressed up in all black. The scene of the Golden Globes was truly inspiring: women making a stand and men standing beside them in full support. Oprah Winfrey accepted the Cecil B. Demille award, with a truly heartfelt speech for women about it being not only women in the workplace who have been victimized but also wives, daughters, and even people of the church, and that they should all be recognized. She gave a special look to the women who had shared their stories that were at the Golden Globes and then said, “And I’m especially proud and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories. Each of us in this room are celebrated because of the stories that we tell, and this year, we became the story.” The Golden Globes was about sisterhood: they would all stand together. “Time’s Up” is for the women who have and haven’t experienced sexual assault but are all ready to retaliate, and the Golden Globes was only the beginning. 2018 will make big strides towards ending harassment and assault for good.