“Many of us were taught not to tattle. It was a culture of silencing and that was normalized,” she said onstage. “I urge all of us to not only support survivors and bystanders who are brave enough to tell their truth but, to promote restorative justice, may we also please protect and employ them.” Laura Dern
Humans have always expressed themselves in art, and in the way they act. There are many ways in which we can express ourselves, but fashion has become the perfect element to do so. Women and men have used fashion to make a statement for their own lives or their ideological posture.
Now fashion has become a statment against any form of abuse, where we can disinguish from others by showing what we think. At the Golden Globes all the actors and actresses showed support against sexual harrasment and abuse in the movie industry. They all wore black to state they are fed up with the abuse most people are living under and the pressure to keep quiet as a way to maintain their careers.
“And this character that I played, represents something that is the center of our conversation right now — abuse. I do believe and I hope we can elicit change through the stories we tell and the way we tell them. Let’s keep the conversation alive. Let’s do it.”
Keeping quiet about abuse is being a part of it. After all the scandal made public of several powerful people that have sexually abused others, Hollywood is tired of keeping it a secret. Now the fight has taken place in one of the most important award shows: The Golden Globes. The winners talked about the situation and many of them adressed the problem and proposed solutions like education and self-counciousness of the problem in an open way.
“Margaret Atwood, this is for you, and all of the women who came before you and after you who were brave enough to speak out against intolerance and injustice and to fight for equality and freedom in this world. We no longer live in the blank white spaces at the edge of print. We no longer live in the gaps between the stories. We are the story in print and we are writing the story ourselves.”
“Time’s up…” we need to change the idea of power as an abusive man or woman that only uses people to please them without considering or respecting their dignity. We are all equal, so there is nothing nor no one above another. We need to see people and not objects that we can benefit from. Education is the key, but how? We must show others that they are valuable by treating them well and educating the next generations to respect everyone; not only tolerate but consider others as they consider themselves: worthy.
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.