The #MeToo founder says the movement isn't just for women
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When the #MeToo movement first went mainstream, thousands of women posted about their experiences with sexual harassment along with the hashtag #MeToo.

All of a sudden, the world was aware that it was actually common for a woman to have experienced assault or harassment in some way.


While #MeToo has given a voice to women when before we stayed silent, #MeToo creator Tarana Burke says that all genders need to be included.

“#MeToo is not a women’s movement,” Burke said during the Time 100 Summit. “Yes, it was women that came forward and talked about it. Yes, it was about women in Hollywood initially coming forward. But men’s first role in this movement is as survivors.”

The #MeToo movement gained momentum when it unmasked veritable monsters in the entertainment industry, but Burke said that #MeToo is about holding everyone accountable for their actions – even the so-called “nice” men who label themselves as allies.

Not every bad actor is obvious, and many women have experienced harassment from a man who’s called themselves a feminist.

“People are OK when you’re talking about the big, scary bad guy. Let’s talk about Harvey Weinstein and R. Kelly and Les Moonves, all of these big boogeymen if you will,” Burke said. “But when we start talking about . . . the good guy who’s an ally to women, who looks out for everybody, who’s a stand-up person, but maybe behaves in a way that is too permissive, then it’s a problem. The reality is if we want to really look toward ending sexual violence, we have to examine all of our behavior.”

Burke also noted it’s important for people of all races and identities to speak out.

Nobody should get left behind in the #MeToo movement. “The women of color, trans women, queer people—our stories get pushed aside and our pain is never prioritized,” Burke said. “We don’t talk about indigenous women. Their stories go untold.”

#MeToo was started by Burke in 2006. Burke, a sexual assault survivor herself, wanted to do something to help other survivors. And she has. “People's hearts and minds are changing,” Burke said. “We can shift culture if we work in unison.”

But change isn’t always easy, and right now our country seems to be exhibiting growing pains. As Burke puts it, “it’s gonna be uncomfortable.” But it’s worth it if we end up living in a safer tomorrow.  

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Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

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Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."

Vanna White appeared on "The Price Is Right" in 1980.

Vanna White has been a household name in the United States for decades, which is kind of hilarious when you consider how she gained her fame and fortune. Since 1982, the former model and actress has made millions walking back and forth turning letters (and later simply touching them—yay technology) on the game show "Wheel of Fortune."

That's it. Walking back and forth in a pretty evening gown, flipping letters and clapping for contestants. More on that job in a minute…

As a member of Gen X, television game shows like "Wheel of Fortune" and "The Price is Right" send me straight back to my childhood. Watching this clip from 1980 of Vanna White competing on "The Price is Right" two years before she started turning letters on "Wheel of Fortune" is like stepping into a time machine. Bob Barker's voice, the theme music, the sound effects—I swear I'm home from school sick, lying on the ugly flowered couch with my mom checking my forehead and bringing me Tang.

This video has it all: the early '80s hairstyles, a fresh-faced Vanna White and Bob Barker's casual sexism that would never in a million years fly today.

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