Time magazine made an excellent choice for Person of the Year.
Persons, really. Because the cover honors what it calls “Silence Breakers,” women who came forward to speak about allegations of sexual misconduct by men in positions of power. Whether that is power on a national scale or power in some small office.
The women featured on Time’s cover include actress Ashley Judd, singer Taylor Swift, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler, Visa lobbyist Adama Iwu, Mexican agricultural worker Isabel Pascual, and one woman whose face cannot be seen. Only her elbow. It is meant to represent all of those anonymous women (and men) who have come forward.
Each of them, all of them, deserve their own cover.
But there is a limit.
The women have accused Trump
Still, what about the women who have made accusations of sexual misconduct against President Trump?
Their accounts came out before the #MeToo movement took hold.
Why aren’t they front and center?
They’re a part of the story, of course. They aren’t ignored. The magazine points out, for example, that "Summer Zervos, a former contestant on The Apprentice, was one of roughly 20 women to accuse the President of sexual harassment."
It adds: "She filed a defamation suit against Trump days before his Inauguration after he disputed her claims by calling her a liar. A New York judge is expected to decide soon if the President is immune to civil suits while in office. No matter the outcome, the allegations added fuel to a growing fire."
But Time also points out that #MeToo has its limits when it bumps into politics.
The political double standard
The list of men caught up in what clearly is now a sea change in American life has been staggering.
Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. Journalist and TV icon Charlie Rose. Actor Kevin Spacey. NBC Today Show host Matt Lauer. The list grows daily.
Rep. John Conyers has retired. Sen. Al Franken is in trouble and should step down as well.
However, in Alabama a man with some of the most notorious sexual misconduct accusations of anyone has an excellent chance to be elected to the U.S. Senate. He has the support of the Republican Party. He has the strong endorsement of President Trump.
And Trump, even after the allegations against him, was elected president.
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Trump was Time's runner-up
No doubt there is a movement for change.
About that there can be no doubt.
But there also can be no doubt that badly behaving men are forgiven — even defended — if enough people (men and women) happen to agree with their politics.
Proof of comes from Time magazine itself, which named Trump as runner-up for Person of the Year.
The magazine's Person of the Year selection is a pronouncement that Americans are changing their view of sexual misconduct by the powerful.
The runner-up choice proves there is still a long way to go.
EJ Montini is an editorial columnist for The Arizona Republic, where this piece first appeared.
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