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October 1, 2022

 

Sexual Harassment: How it is Dominating the Workplace

Sexual Harassment is a predominant topic in today’s modern day society. The number of sexual assault complaints has increased, as more and more women speak up. This number is worrisome, as is possesses a threat and fear to the workplace environment. This topic intrigues me because as a woman, we need to let others know that our human rights must be respected. Therefore, we must put an end to these acts of sexual harassment. We cannot allow for men to believe that it is OK to disrespect the rights and the female body.

 

The most well-known sexual harassment complaints are those pertaining to Bill Cosby, and President Donald Trump. Both have been accused by multiple women claiming they made inappropriate comments and gestures towards them. Most recently are those complaints against Harvey Weinstein. As a result, the “Times-Up” movement and hashtag has surfaced around social media, in an effort to inspire people who are victims of sexual harassment to speak up against the perpetrator. Women are more likely to be victims of sexual harassment than men. Men are most likely to be the perpetrator than women.

In a 2017 MSN poll, it was found that 31% of people in the U.S have been sexually harassed in the workplace; 45% of women said they were sexually harassed compared to 15% percent of men. In 1992, the earliest year of government data available, about 5,607 sexual harassment complaints were made, mostly from women. The number increased to 9,456 in 2000. This number is worrisome, because rather than limiting the cases regarding sexual assault, it is increasing, and not much has been made to address the issue. 

 


#MeToo

Recently, a stunning awareness to women’s sexual assault has taken over social media. At the Golden Globes this past Sunday, many people wore black to stand in solidarity against this problem, and have joined the #MeToo movement. This movement started on social media, when a young woman shared her sexual assault story, ending it with the hashtag “MeToo” and prompting other women to do the same, in order to provide a recognition of how dire the problem was. The phrase was spread “as part of an awareness campaign in order to reveal the ubiquity of the problem, tweeting: “If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote ‘Me too.’ as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.” said Alyssa Milano, a prominent actress in the movement.

This spurred many people to post #MeToo on their social medias, showing how prominent and important this issue was.  The hashtag was used more than 500,000 times the first day it was found, and had been used by more than 4.7 million people within the first 24 hours. This issue has only grown. Due to it’s severity, the group Time’s Up was formed, which is  “is a unified call for change from women in entertainment for women everywhere. From movie sets to farm fields to boardrooms alike, we envision nationwide leadership that reflects the world in which we live.” Many prominent female figures in society have participated in the founding of this new group, such as Ashley Judd, Eva Longoria, America Ferrera, Natalie Portman, Rashida Jones, Emma Stone, Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon, among many others.

This issue has been around much longer than these women, yet only now is it being adressed. Our society has been disregarding women, and ignoring cries for help. This movement has unveiled a great problem in our society, and is one that needs to be changed. Women are not to be overlooked, or abused. This movement is one that will never die, or fade, and all we can do is fight for women’s rights, and equality.


Time’s Up

After watching the Golden Globes with my family this past sunday night, I was completely inspired. The actors and actresses who attended the event wore black in an act of Solidarity, and in an attempt to contribute to the Time’s Up movement. Time’s Up was founded in 2018 as a response to #MeToo, and its goal is to stand up against sexual harassment and gender equality. With everything going on in the news over the past few months, I have become more aware of how dangerous and unfair the workplace can be for women. With that being said, I have high hopes for this movement, and that people will finally put an end to this mayhem.

As a young woman in today’s society, this issue is very important to me. I find it absolutely absurd that women are not paid equally as men, even if they are working the exact same job. Also the fact that many women have to endure sexual harassment in order to keep their jobs or receive a raise is heartbreaking. When I enter the workplace, I do not want this topic to be relevant at all. I do not want any woman to have to worry about this ever again. These crazy patterns of the past need to change, and it is up to the rising generations to do so.

Oprah Winfrey’s speech at the Golden Globes was absolutely beautiful. If you have not heard it yet, I suggest you do. She states, “So I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon! And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say “Me too” again.” Oprah’s speech is giving us hope for a new future. A future where men are not superior to women, and where sexual harassment does not exist. Because this new world is one where I want to live. Time’s up.

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