With the confirmation process for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh still controversially in progress and in flux, Time magazine's editors faced a problem as they put together their next issue: Any story focused on the political circus surrounding him might become instantly outdated. So in its Oct. 15 cover story, on newsstands Friday, the newsweekly takes a step back and looks at the big picture of how the cultural conversation has moved forward in the wake of his most prominent accuser's testimony.
In "How Christine Blasey Ford's Testimony Changed America," Time's Haley Sweetland Edwards writes,
The facts remain unsettled, and Ford's testimony may not prevent Kavanaugh's confirmation. But it was a powerful warning that wealth, status and a record of professional accomplishments were no longer enough to override credible allegations of sexual assault, no matter when they occurred. To young men, it was a message that drunken violence could shadow them all their lives. And to victims, Ford's testimony was an invitation to speak up, no matter how powerful the accused, no matter how long ago the attack.
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The animated version of Time's cover, above, was produced for social media. Here's the newsstand version (illustration by John Mavroudis):