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Time Magazine Man of the Year 2013 Won’t Be A WOMAN!?

Posted: December 6th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Hard Pill to Swallow, Thank F_ck it's Friday!, They Said What | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Time Magazine Man of the Year 2013 Won’t Be A WOMAN!?


There is a slim chance that a woman is going to win Time Magazines Person of the Year 2013, not for a lack of potential candidates, Nobel Peace Prize and US Presidential Medal of Freedom winner,  Aung San Suu Kyi exited decades of exile, fronting up for her people in a roughly emerging democracy. If your a little more right-wing with your politicians, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has to be a contender?

If giving is a noteworthy superpower, Melinda Gates, co-chair of the astounding Gates Foundation contributed mind boggling amounts of money to bettering the worlds living standards. Ms Gates and her foundation have made $US26 billion in grants over the past 13 years, not a shabby achievement.

At the less deserving end of contributors – entertainers – there’s Oprah and Beyonce. Oprah topped Forbes ‘Highest Earning Celebrity‘ list – and while many might think that alone is enough praise, she also touched the lives of the small folk, just ask a certain Swiss shop assistant. Beyonce on the other hand could use the prize after naming her child Blue Ivy.

Don’t even get me started on the business world! Point is, there’s always a bunch of talk about including women MORE! This isn’t ever going to happen unless the kudos starts flowing. This years Time Person of the year has been shortlisted, of the ten remaining candidates, three are women. SERIOUSLY TIME! Miley Cyrus ::::


Time Magazine has been publishing it’s Man of the Year List since 1927 – it changed to Person of the Year, POY in 1999 – of the 86 winners, only five have been female …and of these five, only three have stood as their own person.

Wallis Simpson – 1936 – won with hubby Edward, Prince of Wales and Madame Chiang Kai Shek – Soong May-ling –  shared hers as Time’s ‘Man and Wife of the year’ in 1937.

The three individual women to shine alone were Queen Elizabeth II, Philippine President Corazon Aquino and the Emron whistleblowers Cynthia Cooper, Sherron Watkins and Coleen Rowley were grouped as one, clearly it takes three girls to beat off a man?

This years final ten POY nominations: Bashar Assad – President of Syria Jeff Bezos – Amazon Founder, Ted Cruz – Texas Senator, Pope Francis – Leader of the Catholic Church, Barack Obama – President of the United States, Hassan Rouhani – President of Iran, Edward Snowden, N.S.A. Leaker, Kathleen Sebelius – Secretary of Health and Human Services, Edith Windsor – Gay rights activist and pop singer Miley Cyrus.

Historically Time hasn’t chosen well, in 1955 it completely over looked Rosa Parks and her back-of-the-bus kerfuffle, Maggie Thatcher never even got a look in, despite being not only the first – and so far only – British Prime Minister, but a woman who influenced generations of women, inspiring many women too politics.

The thought of female equality just isn’t good enough, if Time Magazine is any reflection on popular culture, women’s rights haven’t moved forward at all, sure we have the vote, but you can’t seriously tell me that Intel CEO Andrew Groves’ 1997 POY win was more deserving than Mother Teresa who died that same year? …or Golda Meir vs Richard Nixon for the 1971 or 72 prizes, Nixon won both while Meir showed more honest courage than almost any leader male or female, including the Munich Olympics and the Yom kippur War.

OK, so perhaps looking back isn’t helpful. The current shortlisted women – we’re skipping Mylie, that’s just stupid right? – Edith Windsor has been a solid voice for gay rights and is a deserving winner. Malala Yousafzai strength and determination to see geneder equality in her native Pakistan is admirable, but both are unlikely to head the prize this year.

My money is on the pope for a win and Snowden for a place…

As upsetting as it is, Time Magazine isn’t likely to change it’s misogynist ways, after all it gave the prize to Richard – Tricky Dicky – Nixon twice, it’s also given it to Adolf Hitler, Joe Stalin and two Popes, John XXII and John Paul II, why break with tradition?


UPDATE! 12 December 2013: I HATE BEING RIGHT! I”s one of the better handicaps of being a female! Pope Francis has clinched Time’s Person of the year for 2013 as predicted.  Snowden came in second…

Seriously, as if Pope Francis has been the most influential person this year, worse, ironically he most likely will be thinking there is someone more deserving out there.

The Pope doesn’t really seem to fit the criteria – The stated rules of selection: the individual or group of individuals who have had the biggest effect on the year’s news – surely that would be Snowden?

Time isn’t immune to it’s own stupidity, Time’s POY for 2001, immediately following the September 11 attacks, was New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani, not Osama bin Laden, Hitler was fine, but not Osama bin Laden!?


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