"Time's Up" Is Only The Beginning Of Ending Sexual Harassment In The Workplace

"Time's Up" Is Only The Beginning Of Ending Sexual Harassment In The Workplace

Awareness is not even half of the battle, it is the willingness to do something about it.

I turned on the TV last Sunday to see that the Golden Globes were on. I kept it on as background noise but I was quickly taken back to the attire that was being worn. I noticed that all the women were wearing black dresses. I just assumed it was coincidence and moved on from it.

It was not until the woman who came up and represented the Hollywood Foreign Press Association put her hand over a pin that says, "Time's Up". Keep in mind, I had not watched the red carpet and the countless interviews they have with many celebrities. I did not realize what the movement was until the award show was well underway.

Seth Meyers, the host of the 2018 Golden Globes Awards, took several humorous jabs at the men who were left in Hollywood without disgraced careers, different policial issues and, of course, our current president. As women celebrities began winning and accepting their awards, so did the countless speeches of supporting the campaign, "Time's Up".

The women attending the awards show all wore black in solidarity with the victims telling their stories about sexual harassment.

This statement by the women (and some men) was organized by the campaign "Time's Up". The movement is addressing men and women who have gone through this and want to know more. Their goal is to stop sexual harassment, assault, and inequality in the workplace.

After 2017, a year of the first news-covered claims of sexual harassment, sexual assault and harassment have become so frequent it is problematic. So problematic that some are becoming desensitized to this issue.

A movement such as "Time's Up" is only the beginning of this long road to recovery. We have seen many powerful, well-known men in the entertainment industry whose careers have been destroyed right before the publics eyes. However, this is only the beginning.

With Oprah's rally together speech and almost everyone in black, there is still a lot to be done. The 2018 Golden Globes has only made us aware that these celebrities and many others without a platform are not going quietly. They will not let us forget what these women have gone through. They will not stop until there is justice. They will not stop until they are satisfied.

Awareness is not even half of the battle, it is the willingness to do something about it.

It is not about looking the other way when you know it is wrong, it is about being there for someone when they are comfortable with sharing their story. It is about standing with them and for everyone else that has been a victim of sexual harassment.

As the media eats up this news in the next few days, it is our job not to forget. Sexual harassment cases found in politics, the entertainment industry, or just in general society are not going away anytime soon. Be aware that this is a serious issue and it has to be stopped.

Cover Image Credit: @timesupnow

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My Parents Didn’t Tell Me To Stay Pure Until Marriage, I Made That Decision On My Own

So, please respect my decision.


As we evolve into a more open and accepting world, the one thing that is getting less taboo is sex. It's not something that is talked about behind closed doors. It's something that is on the television screens and easily accessible on our phones. People talk about it and promote it like it's small talk. It's so hard to escape, especially as a young adult.

To say that I am staying pure until marriage is a very uncommon thing, at least in my opinion. Sure, I have friends who are in the same boat as I am. But, even at a Christian college, sex is everywhere and most people are partaking in it. However, I decided to not.

Growing up, my parents never told me to stay pure until marriage directly. I went to church and heard about it in sermons. I knew that by keeping myself pure until marriage, I would enjoy it more knowing that I waited for my future husband. I understand that some people may not agree with me on this topic, but here's why I am saving myself.

1. I want to know that the man loves me.

For me, I want to have sex with someone that I love. Now, you may defend this with the fact that your boyfriend loves you. That's great. But, dating isn't always a sure thing. Boys (and girls) can say that they love you, just to get in your pants. And, they will. It happens all the time. And, because you are blinded by love, you will end up giving in and doing it. But, see, I don't want to be blinded by love. I want to know that the person I am with, is with me forever. By making the biggest commitment aka marriage, that is a clear sign that they love me and want me forever. This is a good example of actions show more than words do. They can say they love me, but when they showcase that love, that's when I know it is real.

2. I want to give all of me to one person.

I heard this great example my senior year that discusses this exact thing. For someone like Hugh Hefner, who was with HUNDREDS of women, when he got older, he said he didn't feel anything anymore when it came to sex. He was numbed by the whole experience. It wasn't pleasurable or for love. By having sex with countless women, he had given a little part of himself to each of them, until he had nothing left. Therefore, by saving myself for one person, they would be getting all of me. As a whole. 100%. This is special because no one else has that except for my future husband.

3. The idea of getting pregnant scares me because of the lack of security.

For the past three generations in my family, they have all had children young. 15, to 17, to 20 years old. Blinded by love. Manipulated by their hormones. They had sex and got pregnant. To see not only 1 woman, but 3 women in my life go through that, I know how difficult it is. You're a kid yourself. Personally, I do want children. However, I have so many dreams and goals for myself. I want to graduate from college. Get a good career. Travel. Fall in love. A lot of that can be halted by a child. I don't know if I would get to achieve everything I want to, especially if I would have to raise the child alone (which usually happens). So, by waiting for marriage, I am using the biggest form of birth control.

4. There's no comparing, if you have only been with one person.

Now, this is different for every relationship. However, everyone feels insecure or uncomfortable when it comes to dating and relationships. Knowing that someone has had sex prior, you wonder if you are shaping up or doing better than the previous. By only having sex with one person, it relieves the stress of comparison.

5. It brings me closer to God.

One important lesson I have learned from friends, college, and personal experience, is that relationships (when it isn't built on God), you tend to stray away from Him. Therefore, by making my relationship with God stronger, I fall in love with Him first. Then, I am capable of loving a boy and committing to something like marriage and sex.

So, no, my parents never convinced me to stay pure until marriage. It was my own decision. I have reasoning for staying pure and it's my choice. So, please stop shaming virginity in the 21st century, because I'm not shaming you if you aren't one.


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