The Golden Globes this year sent a message like no other, when celebrities of all ages hit the red carpet, making a stance against the continued abuse, discrimination and harassment against women in the workplace. Black dresses and accessories were worn to represent standing up to the way women, not only in film and television but in all occupations around the world are treated. As a teenage boy growing up in Australia, hearing about the sexual harassment happening in an industry which should be home to role models, is disgusting.
The message that Oprah Winfrey, Emma Watson, Kate Hudson, Nicole Kidman and many other celebrities sent to young people around the world was empowering. The ‘Time’s Up’ movement was established on January 1st this year which ‘addresses the systemic inequality and injustice in the workplace that have kept underrepresented groups from reaching their full potential,’ as stated on the Time’s Up website.
The movement is an astounding initiative that has come out of a horrible ending to 2017 in tinsel town. Harvey Weinstein was pelted with allegations of disturbing sexual acts in October last year, that sent women coming forward, sharing the truth of what has happened behind the scenes. It has seemed like every second person has alleged someone has assaulted or abused them. The reality is that the statistics are very high when it comes to the issue, an NBC poll suggested that nearly half of working women in the U.S. say they have experienced harassment in the workplace. This is a problem that can’t be dismissed as a witch hunt.
Harassment of any kind is not okay and as a 14 year-old, I don’t want to grow up in a world where someone is abused and assaulted because of their differences. Sexual abuse is not okay and it seems not even people with power know this simple fact. The #TimesUp movement advocates that it’s time to stop standing on the sidelines, it’s time to say the truth and not let the abuse continue. The awareness is stronger than ever with an increasing amount of people stepping forward, sharing their abuse and standing in solidarity.
“A new day is on the horizon” – Oprah Winfrey
I was shocked to find that The Rocky Horror Show which toured Australia in 2014-15 has been plagued with sexual misconduct allegations against Craig McLachlan. It really brings into perspective how big the issue of sexual abuse, discrimination and harassment is across the world, not just in the U.S.
I personally don’t know the answer to solving this problem but I think something that can assist is my generation taking a stand and recognising the problem and how wrong it is. The problem is also closer to home with sexual harassment happening in Australian schools, and I see it on a regular basis. The way some of my fellow peers speak to and talk about girls is sickening. The words b*tch and sl*t are thrown around like compliments, with no regret from the offenders. It just shows how large the problem of disrespect is against females but also others who may be treated differently because of their race or sexuality.
How can we possibly change the way some men see women? it’s an unsolved question that needs to be answered. Women deserve better than my genders discrimination. Fellow guys out there, we need to take action and lead by example. It worries me to think what the future holds, are things really going to get much better? Hopefully, the #TimesUp movement might make people realise their words and actions can’t be reversed. Women and Men are treated completely differently, even when it comes to things as simple as wages. It is time for society to realise that women and men are equal and they should be treated that way.