The history: Time has not selected an individual woman as its "X of the Year" since then-president of the Philippines Corazon Aquino was named Woman of the Year in 1986. In 1999, Time changed the annual year-end honorific, which had almost exclusively been a "Man of the Year" since its inception, to "Person of the Year," but it merely created an illusion of parity. Still no individual women.
This year, no different. Time's Person of the Year is Mark Zuckerberg, aka Professor Facebook.
(Btw: The last time an individual person of color got the award, before president-elect Barack Obama in 2008, was when AIDS researcher Dr. David Ho was "Man of the Year" in 1996.)
To put into perspective exactly how absurd this parade of white men really is, George W. Bush was "Person of the Year" twice in the last 10 years, in 2000 and 2004.
And, of course, there was the infinitely stupid 2006 cover, which featured a reflective screen and the word "You."
"Person of the Year," my ass. If Time doesn't believe there's been a single individual woman deserving of the title in 24 years, then the least they could do is be honest and go back to calling it what it really is: "Man of the Year."
Because the message being sent by having not found a single woman deserving of the cover in longer than a girl child could be born, attend grammar school and junior high, graduate from high school, graduate from college, get her Master's degree, and settle in at her first job, is not that she could be their "Person of the Year" someday.
It's that she shouldn't waste a dime of her 79-cent-on-the-dollar salary on their garbage magazine.
Update: Every year, Time also features runners-up to their "Person of the Year." This year's runners-up are: The Tea Party, Hamid Karzai, Julian Assange, and the Chilean Miners. So no individual women made their list of runners-up, either.