What’s Current: TIME names #MeToo ‘Person of the Year’

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Time magazine has named the millions of women who shared their stories of sexual harassment and abuse as part of the #MeToo movement “Person of the Year.”

An Indiana police force placed a female captain on leave after she told a fellow officer that he benefited from “white male privilege.”

John Oliver confronted Dustin Hoffman about sexual harassment allegations during a public Q&A and it was glorious.

A play by an Asian American woman will appear on Broadway for the first time ever.

Today, December 6, is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. Canadians have commemorated this day every year since 1989, when a 25-year-old man walked into Montreal’s École Polytechnique, and shot 14 women to death.

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Meghan Murphy is a freelance writer and journalist. She has been podcasting and writing about feminism since 2010 and has published work in numerous national and international publications, including New Statesman, Vice, Al Jazeera, The Globe and Mail, I-D, Truthdig, and more. Meghan completed a Masters degree in the department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in 2012 and lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her dog.

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  • About the woman police captain, where was everybody else when she made the “white male priviledge” comment? Were there no other women at the training event who could have “amplified” and augmented and further explained her comment so the dude would understand? What about the trainer??? Why didn’t that person give a more in-depth explanation to the dude who apparently knows nothing about the subjectivity of perception — which leads to the totally common sense notion that you don’t understand another person’s experience until you walk a mile in their shoes.

  • Jani

    The problem with media events, regardless of how important or serious, is that they tend to have a limited shelf life. It’s important that we don’t let #MeToo become just another news story that eventually falls out of public consciousness. What happens in the next 6-12 months will probably inform us whether we are going to see #MeToo picking up momentum or whether we’ll be back to business as usual. The Women’s March didn’t really accelerate big change although perhaps it switched more women on to the issues that are affecting us. It seems we’ve lost a generation to all that “empowerment” crap that was more about selling push up bras and overpriced handbags. I’m just glad that there are enough women who can refer to the groundbreaking writing and organised activism of the 60s/70s generation so that younger women don’t have to reinvent the wheel all over again. We just have to keep kicking ass.

  • calabasa

    It’s also designed to persecute the poor and people of color. Can’t forget that part!

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  • Cassandra

    Yes, the phrase “violence against women” is probably my #1 pet peeve. Is it the easter bunny? Santa Claus? Aliens? Other women? Why is the agent completely erased? Sadly though, I see many feminist writers using this phrase. It drives me bonkers.

    Just in case anybody reading this doesn’t know, it’s MALE violence against women. The agent needs to be front and center.

  • Cassandra

    I stopped watching John Oliver almost as quickly as I started because A) I don’t think he’s funny at all, and B) he’s totally on the trans train, just like all mindless “liberals.”

    • Kiwipally

      Apparently he had a MILF segment when on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart.