“Time’s Up” and the Absence of Significant Stakeholders

The salutation: “Dear Sisters”

The valediction: “In Solidarity”

One letter is from Farmworkers to Hollywood. The other letter is from Hollywood to the World. Love letters from women to women who are soulmates in this cruel life of power imbalance perpetrated by white, cisgender, straight males. Together, they are going to do something about that power imbalance. This unity of Farmworkers and Hollywood is what begat “Time’s Up”, a movement to…

Well, that’s my first reservation. What exactly is Time’s Up? Much like #metoo, there is much talk, but what does that practically mean for the scores of women who are somewhere in the middle of 700,000 women farmworkers and 300 women who work in film, television and theater? The no-name nobodies. The rest of us.

Second, there is a glaring absence of business and policy stakeholders. There isn’t one mention of a company that fosters a favorable work environment with clear standards and an adjudication process. Surely there is a model that can be used as a framework. Why re-invent the wheel? There isn’t one mention of an individual, male or female, who is in a position to do the right thing and does the right thing. Where are the real-life examples of a bad situation being resolved?

Which brings me to my third reservation. In fact, because there are no published, measurable standards which lead to results, then how will Time’s Up know they are on the road to achieving resolution for this long-standing, pervasive problem?

What if instead of an identity politics approach, rich with bravado, how about a results-oriented approach, founded on due process? Having a zillion dollars doesn’t make up for lack of focus, stakeholders, and results. (Here’s a thought: 300 Hollywood women times $1,000,000 = $300,000,000). Is #Timesup the #metoosolution?

Cynthia Shaffer, National Editor, ReelUrbanNews.com @CyFlys
Cynthia Shaffer, National Editor, ReelUrbanNews.com



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