Time’s Up needs more inclusion

More than 300 women in Hollywood have launched a campaign combating sexual harassment in the film industry. The movement was launched on their website timesupnow.com on January 1, 2018. In the letter of solidarity, they address readers as, “Dear Sisters,” uniting women around the nation, encouraging them to join the fight.
Additionally, they plan to target blue-collar workplaces, where women are less likely to speak out in fear of losing their jobs.
Hollywood has even pledged a $13 million fund to help the blue-collar workers to fight against their perpetrators.
They state, “We also want all victims and survivors to be able to access justice and support for the wrongdoing they have endured. We particularly want to lift up the voices, power, and strength of women working in low-wage industries where the lack of financial stability makes them vulnerable to high rates of gender-based violence and exploitation.”
While $13 million is good, it doesn’t seem like much compared to money that these women in the movement, women such as
Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey and Natalie Portman, have at their fingertips. Witherspoon alone, in 2007, insisted on $15-20 million per film she was in.
By addressing the readers as “Sisters,” it excludes men who experience sexual harassment. While the movement is thought to aid, “all victims,” they contradict their own movement.
We’d also like to see this expanded to help college students, too.
Sexual harassment lawsuits can become very expensive, especially ones that require a lawyer to be hired. According to a study done at the University of Michigan in 2006, 62% of female college students report having been sexually harassed, with 80% of the reported harassment being peer-to-peer.
Along those same lines, 51% of male college students admit to sexually harassing someone in college, with 22% admitting to harassing someone often or occasionally.
While we believe that the intent of this movement is good, we’d like to see it executed better.
At the moment, the campaign seems to be merely a hashtag and a fancy press release with some money behind their claims. The movement has promise, but it has a ways to go.

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