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Hollywood Won’t Destroy Sexism, But We Can


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This month’s Golden Globes were the first awards rite held given #MeToo went viral. To commemorate it, celebrities brought social probity activists along as their plus-ones, and many more wore black to show support with the Time’s Up movement, a new Hollywood beginning to inform the attention of predators.

While I’m certain they meant well, repair the repairs is going to take some-more than wearing black.

After all, Hollywood has collectively spent years perpetuating a rape culture, a sexist enlightenment that did positively zero for women of color, operative women, women in the happy and trans communities, women of different eremite backgrounds, and others. In fact, it mostly did the comprehensive opposite.

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Elite men accused of abusing women have not only regularly gotten divided with it — they’ve been praised for their work, given awards, and offering new jobs. Men such as Woody Allen, Casey Affleck, Johnny Depp, Bill Cosby, and Harvey Weinstein. Only recently have some faced some arrange of consequences.

But then there was Oprah.

Oprah Winfrey won this year’s Cecil B. Demille award for “outstanding contributions to the universe of entertainment.” The first black lady to get the prize, she supposed her endowment to a station acclaim — and gave a rousing debate that desirous people only as Oprah can.

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She talked about the women who aren’t talked about: the domestic workers, the women operative for smallest wage, women who have no choice but to be wordless about their abuse given they have a family to feed. “For too long, women have not been listened or believed if they dauntless pronounce the law to the energy of those men. But their time is up,” she said.

Oprah gave a voice to the voiceless, who don’t have the oppulance of being the famous, rich, mostly white women with some-more energy to speak.

No longer will women have to sojourn wordless and continue given “this is what men do” or trust these are practice that come with being a woman. No longer will women have to be abashed into overpower given they aren’t believed, given they’re not abounding enough, white enough, flattering enough, whatever adequate to be believed.

The solution isn’t, as some are already demanding, for Oprah to run for president. The solution is to listen to women everywhere, and commission womanlike activists in their work.

Women like Tarana Burke, comparison executive of Girls for Gender Equity and founder of the #MeToo movement, and Ai-jen Poo, executive of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.

Women like Aniqa Raihan and Leilani Ganser, immature activists I’ve had the pleasure of operative closely with. They were dauntless and bold adequate to publicly fight back against their abusers after receiving little to no help from their university campuses where the assaults took place. Despite stigma, backlash, and struggle, Raihan and Ganser continue to fight every day for justice, for themselves and for women everywhere.

The solution is to support organizations that give voice to women of tone and other marginalized groups – organizations such as Know Your IX, National Domestic Workers Alliance, INCITE!, and Mending the Sacred Hope.

Even Hollywood’s getting wise, the New York Times reports. Time’s Up set aside a $13 million authorised fund “to help reduction absolved women — like janitors, nurses, and workers at farms, factories, restaurants, and hotels — strengthen themselves from passionate bungle and the fallout from stating it.”

“Speaking your law is the many absolute apparatus we all have,” Oprah said. Until “nobody ever has to contend ‘me too’ again.” A new day is indeed on the horizon.

Razan Azzarkani is the executive partner at the Center for Global Policy.



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