Last week saw a major milestone in the Time’s Up movement.
According to Glamour, former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein “turned himself in for arrest and charges of first- and third-degree rape and committing a criminal sexual act in the first degree” after more than 80 women accused him sexual assault, harassment and misconduct.
Charged on allegations from two women specifically and with more potentially on the way, Glamour says the day the news broke of Weinstein’s arrest saw an onslaught of reactions from accusers on Twitter, who used the moment to once again give voice to the issue of sexual misconduct and harassment — and declare justice in their cause.
“It’s been a long time coming and today my fellow victims and I rejoice and pray no one ever underestimates the power of women when we stand together + scream the truth #WeSpoke #MeToo #TimesUp #LockHimUp,” wrote actor and accuser Lauren Sivan, Glamour reports.
Actor Rose McGowan took to Instagram to share a more lengthy message, says Glamour, one that detailed her pursuit of justice against Weinstein and her hope for survivors of similar mistreatment.
“I, and so many of Harvey Weinstein’s survivors, had given up hope that our rapist would be held accountable by law,” she wrote. “Twenty years ago, I swore that I would right this wrong. Today we are one step closer to justice. We were young women who were assaulted by Weinstein and later terrorized by his vast network of complicity. I stand with my fellow survivors. May his arrest give hope to all victims and survivors everywhere that are telling their truths.”
One tweet from actor Emma de Cauenes, however, neatly summed up the day in only three words:
“Time for justice.”
Online retailer ASOS made waves when it began using unretouched models, featuring everything from stretch marks to cellulite. But now, the company is drawing extra praise for showcasing one model in particular in their lineup.
According to Insider, shoppers took to social media to share their delight in the company choosing Vivian Eyo-Ephraim to be a swimsuit model for their ASOS Curve line. For example, Twitter user Katherine Laura said, “Glad to see curve models are actually the sizes sold and not a size 12 wearing larger clothes. Thanks ASOS,” while another simply wrote “THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO SEE!!!!!”
Others praised the move as a significant step toward achieving greater body inclusivity and diversity in the fashion industry, as Twitter user Martina shared, “she’s so beautiful and seeing my body shape being represented as well makes me so happy.”
Eyo-Ephraim told Insider that the opportunity has given her a platform to break down the doors of beauty standards to represent all beauty.
“”I am so grateful to Bridge Models and ASOS for championing diversity in the fashion industry and giving me this amazing opportunity to do a job I love,” she said. “To have the public respond in such a positive way to one of my first jobs is so unbelievable, it just highlights now more than ever that we want to see a wider representation of women and men on the high street and we are going to champion the brands that listen to us.”
Stranger Things‘ Millie Bobby Brown does not want a young fan feeling down — especially on his birthday.
So when the actor caught wind of a tweet from Twitter user Ayen Alambat, who shared photos of his brother Aaron’s Stranger Things-themed birthday party, Mashable reports that the young starlet knew she had to do something.
The tweet in question contained four photos of Aaron’s party, says Mashable, with a caption that read, “my brother invited 8 of his classmates for his stranger things themed bday party & none of their punk selves showed up.”
As the tweet picked up steam — and garnered well over 60,000 retweets in Aaron’s support — Mashable says Brown eventually caught wind of it a few days later, and retweeted it herself with a sweet message:
“What!!!! Oh Well You can let them all know that everyone on behalf on Stranger things would’ve come! I think your awesome and next year I would like an invite… Please? “
Let’s hope Millie’s support lifted Aaron’s spirits!
Women in the news industry are #MoreThanABabe, and they are making sure that it’s well known.
According to HuffPost, female reporters, anchors and meteorologists are flooding Twitter with the hashtag as a form of protest against a “radio station in Little Rock, Arkansas, that has refused to end its long-running ‘Babe Bracket’ ranking local female reporters and anchors by attractiveness.”
HuffPost says that the bracket, which has been run for over two decades by KABZ-FM 103.7, has been “pitting 16 women against each other,” with a “morning show’s listeners ultimately voting on who makes it through each round.” But in the wake of the #MeToo movement, female professionals from around the country and in all facets of the media industry are speaking up and fighting back.
“I am a working mom of two, a wife, a daughter, an AMS Certified Meteorologist, a math and science nerd, a video game enthusiast 🙂 and SO much more. I choose not to be ranked based solely on my looks because I am #morethanababe,” tweeted Natalie Walters, a meteorologist at FOX16 and KARK4 News in Little Rock.
“I worked harder than the next person to get to where I am in my career. I work on my days off to network and inspire. I moderate a group of thousands of women, so they can feel supported. I am #morethanababe,” tweeted Debra Alfarone, a news anchor at WUSA9 in Washington, D.C.
It’s safe to say that these hard-working women are #MoreThanABabe.
When an art student was told to dilute her expressions of feminism in her artwork, she could have just said no. But instead, she came back with an even greater display of her convictions.
According to HuffPost, not only did 23-year-old London-based art student Alex Ruth Bertulis-Fernandes not take her instructor’s “tip” to “‘dial down the feminism’ in her work, she also created a literal representation of the teacher’s comments. Creating what resembles a stereo dial, Bertulis-Fernandes puts the words “Dial Down the Feminism” above the dial, and in the dial’s Off/On positions, she placed the words “Complicit in my own dehumanisation” and “Raging feminist.”
After tweeting out the image of her work, HuffPost says the artist received a deluge of support, with Twitter users telling her it was “incredible” and that she should “keep that dial turned right up.” Bertulis-Fernandes later tweeted her gratitude, and also shared some new information — that she might sell prints of the now-famous design.
“Thanks for all the love shown to this piece, it really means the world,” she tweeted. “I’m a bit overwhelmed so it may take me some time to respond to everyone! I’m considering selling prints/t-shirts – just trying to figure out the best way to do this. Once I do I will share the details here.”
Showrunner Shonda Rhimes is making the case that we all should stop using the phrase “strong female leads.”
According to Glamour, the mastermind behind Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy and How to Get Away With Murder took to Twitter to explain why the phrase should disappear.
“OK,” she tweeted. “Entertainment industry, time to stop using the phrases ‘Smart Strong Women’ and ‘Strong Female Leads.’ There are no Dumb Weak Women. A smart strong woman is just a WOMAN. Also? ‘Women’ are not a TV trend—we’re half the planet.”
Glamour reports that this one tweet sparked a larger conversation about “how these descriptors are a disservice to women, because they imply that brainy, independent women are a rare sight that needs to be applauded or pointed out.” As Twitter users continued to chime in, so did actor Jessica Chastain, who offered her support of Rhimes’ assertion and shared her own experience with the issue.
“Yes to this. I’m always told I play ‘strong women,'” Chastain tweeted. “Lets pleasw use the phrase ‘well written women’ in its place.”
Chastain even posed a slogan of sorts for the issue, concluding her tweet by writing, “ALL WOMEN ARE STRONG WOMEN.”
Amen to that.
In case we needed further proof that Rihanna is #goals, she decided to serve up some Twitter wisdom that made us all but confirm her perfection.
According to InStyle, the Fenty Beauty mogul/singer/designer took a moment to respond to a Twitter user who suggested that, in her next Fenty Beauty campaign, she cast a “trans girl” in the shoot. While the criticism seems to be coming from a place of inclusion, InStyle says Rihanna took a moment to explain why she won’t cast a transgender model just for the sake of it, writing the user a lengthy DM to share her thoughts on the issue.
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with many gifted trans women throughout the years, but I don’t go around doing trans castings!” she said. “Just like I don’t do straight non trans women castings! I respect all women, and whether they’re trans or not is none of my business!”
Her message continued, sharing another reason why she hasn’t specifically included a trans model yet: she doesn’t want to treat them like a “token” item in her campaigns.
“I don’t think it’s fair that a trans woman, or man, be used a convenient marketing tool!” she wrote. “Too often do I see companies doing this to trans and black women alike! There’s always just that one spot in the campaign for the token ‘we look mad diverse’ girl/guy! It’s sad!”
And with that explanation, the Twitter user — who goes by the screen name “@lbertootero” — took a screenshot of her response and shared it on their account, accompanied by a caption that read, “When I thought she couldn’t teach me more…”
Amen to that.
Women are capable of much more than just preparing snacks to watch a sporting event. So when one Twitter user decided to tell members of the 2016 WNBA Champion Los Angeles Sparks to get off the basketball court and go back into the kitchen, the team served up a slam-dunk response to shut down the social media sexism.
According to HuffPost, the team received several sexist tweets, one of which urged them to “go back to the kitchen bc this isn’t a sport and nobody cares” while another read, “Exterminate all women.” With such harsh words sent their way, HuffPost says the team responded with some inspiration from the queen of slayage herself: Beyoncé.
Creating their own music video of “Sorry,” the Sparks dressed to the nines — and showed off their championship rings — as the kiss-off anthem plays in the background and sexist tweets line the frame, all as they lip-sync the words, “I ain’t sorry.” While the full video was posted to Twitter, HuffPost says it was later removed.
Even though its time online was short-lived, you can watch a one-minute clip from the Sparks’ comeback video here.
While Malala Yousafzai officially completed her last day of secondary school, the 19-year-old education advocate is far from finished in her fight to secure education for girls around the world.
In fact, BBC reports that to mark her last official day as a high schooler on July 7, Yousafzai sent her first-ever tweet from her account to share a message on education and her future pursuits in advocating for education worldwide.
“I know that millions of girls around the world are out of school and may never get the opportunity to complete their education,” she wrote in a thread of six tweets, says BBC. “Next week, I will be back on my to meet girls in Middle East, Africa & Latin America.”
Completing her thread by reaffirming the power of girls’ voices as “our most powerful weapons in the fight for education and equality,” BBC says Yousafzai asked her more than 200,000 followers to join her in her efforts for education.
“On and off Twitter, I’m fighting for girls — will you join me?”
We surely will, Malala.
In a world where people can hide behind their screens and fire off scathing comments without having to show their faces, it helps to maintain a sense of humor. It seems to help for Kelly Clarkson, at least.
According to Glamour, the singer tweeted about the Fourth of July and thanked those in the armed forces for their service — a tweet a troll decided to respond to with a “You’re fat” comment.
While uncalled for, Glamour says Clarkson retweeted the comment and added her own: “….and still fucking awesome,” she wrote, complete with an emoji sticking out its tongue.
Now THAT’s how you shut someone down on social media.