I am not an insecure pseudo-feminist who is looking for validation from the patriarchy.
I don’t mistake a pandering pat on the head as a sign that women’s issues are taken seriously.
Case in point: Time magazine’s 2017 Person of the Year.
The “Silence Breakers”: those women in the entertainment industry who finally admitted what everybody knew for decades: that there is such a thing as a casting couch, and if you don’t lie on it willingly, you’ll get thrown on it.
This story could have been many things, but a single omission turned it into something utterly clueless and offensive.
The omission was singer Kesha.
Her story is absolutely essential to this issue, and her ordeal is still going on in 2017, making it very relevant this year.
Kesha spoke out before it was trendy to do so. She unsuccessfully tried to sue and stand up to her tormentor, but she was unsuccessful.
Yet Time glosses over any facts that go against a condescending and inaccurate narrative.
She was a Me, not a #MeToo, and without the former, there are no latter.
When Kesha was in the news, I had expressed support for her.
Boy, did I get pounced on for it.
By other women: educated women with lofty jobs who screamed at me. Some are no longer even speaking to me.
Kesha was seen as a troublemaker suffering from a case of sour grapes. I was told anyone on a casting couch for any reason had it coming, the end.
I wouldn’t back down. I pointed out that if she rebuffed a male producer, she would not have a career, but if a male producer had rebuffed her, his career wouldn’t be ruined.
So the balance of power is grossly uneven, making any claims that sexual harassment and abuse is some sort of career choice, absolutely absurd.
Kesha’s plight is absolutely essential to understanding the anti-workplace sexual terrorism issue gripping the communications industry right now.
Because Kesha took her case to a court, she put her money where her mouth is.
And it turned out horribly for her, meaning this issue has not even begun.
But Time wanted an uplifting narrative. It wanted an After School Special, but that is not reality.
What Time has done is deceptive, inaccurate, and oblivious that the system has not reflected any change.
It’s bad journalism at its worst, and I am not falling for the smoke and mirrors, and journalistic sleight of hand they are offering.